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Nailer worked a week ago now only shoots air and will not drive a nail.

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  • enell895 Feb 14, 2010

    The nailer is a Craftsman 16 Ga Model 351-18315. I have a parts diagram, but would like to find a site thst would show me how these things work.
    Thanks, Ed

  • edward woodard May 11, 2010

    needto know type of nailer. but check that you was given the right nail also that the nails are feeding into the nose

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Be careful about oiling some of the craftsman tools use grafite piston rings and are oilless tools

Posted on Mar 17, 2010

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    Michelle Crawford Jul 09, 2012

    soooo.....I've come across this post two years later, and apparently several weeks too late; I bought the same model nail gun at a swap meet (very cheap for a reason I've found out); I knew gun needed some work; first thing I did was clean/oil the gun. After taking it apart, found piston needed replaced and it is indeed graphite; now no recoil is occuring of piston inside cylinder. I used synthetic royal purple maxfilm on it; what can i do to remove this oil? Michelle

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Try oiling gun, if that dosent work then try opening the gun and looking for worn or broken orings. replace as needed

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