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Porter cable fc350a frame nailer shoots just air

Sometimes my nailer will just shoot air, especially when trying to shoot sideways on ground. We have to shoot straight down and it will work for a few more times and then shoot air again. As long as I shoot at level up and down angel, it shoots just fine.

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Could be a couple things, first are you using the right nails in the gun e.g. collation and degree. Second do the nails move freely in the magazine and how is the pusher spring on the nail does it have enough pressure. Then I would unplug from air remove all the nails andjust tap the nose on a piece of wood and does the driver drop? If so the piston Oring is worn and needs replaced, but if you do that I would recommend replacing all the rubber. Let me know and I would need the exact model number to come up with parts.

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I live on Fayetteville, NC. Did Porter Cable had a dealer or company here or near here where I can take the nailer gun for repair service?

2930 Capital Blvd
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Phone: 919-878-0357 Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun Closed
Distance: 88.88 miles to store
Porter Cable is serviced thru Dewalt. It appears that the neerest store to you is the one listed above. You could however try calling several fastener stores in your area. The ones that specialize in selling nails for air nailers. Most service nailers. Good Luck, Enjoy

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