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Which 1 3/4 siding nails will work with a Porter Cable rn174 nailer

Some coil nails have the bottom wire lower on the nail and prevents the lower bumper on the rn175 from advancing the nail. I can't find a brand that works.

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Hi Bill. I'm pretty sure the Stanley Bostitch nails will fit. Contact us & we can organise a coil for you to try. Tel 01202 855855 or email

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This sounds like it might be a problem with the nails themselves. Have you tried another brand? If the place you got the nailer is nearby, ask them about the problem. Also look if the carrier strip MIGHT not be clearing and preventing the advancement of the nails. I would also try a light spray on the coil of CRC226 available at Home Depot in the electrical dept.

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