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Nailgun firing pin not connecting with nail

Nail gun firing pin only connects with nails 25% of the time

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  • David Ford
    David Ford May 11, 2010

    What is the brand and model number, you could have an issue with the piston o ring not retracting fully, Please let me know

  • Corey McConnell
    Corey McConnell May 11, 2010

    Are you using the proper guage nail and the type that the gun manufacturer recomends?

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  • you need to make sure the guns is clean and oiled
  • make sure you are using the right kind of nails
  • some perfer the ones connected my wire and some the ones connected my paper.
Not knowing what kind of gun you have that is the best I can do..

Posted on Sep 08, 2009

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