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Staples wont penetrate wood and keep foldin up

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Are the nails proper for nailer? the gauge of the nail is important

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You should be using a cleat nail with this product not a staple. Staples are not strong enough to penetrate the wood which is why they are folding up. I'm assuming you are nailing down a hardwood floor. Also make sure the magazine never gets below 30% nail capacity. If there aren't enough nails in the magazine they could bend when firing and come up through the hardwood instead of nailing it down.

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