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Using the BOstitch flooring nailer, good air pressure and using cleats. but when i tap with hammer noting happens. the nailer goes off as if it had gone off but no nail was driven.

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1. check to make sure the magazine does not contain a jam.
2. check to make sure the driver retracts fully to allow the cleat to advance
3. Be sure to have at least 90psi and to hit the head hard enough to fully fire the nailer.

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