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I have a 16 gauge finish nailer. This nails do not feed to the tip of the gun and you have to push the nails to the tip after each firing

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Hello Michael. Let's begin with the nails you are using. If you have 15 gauge nails and you are putting them through a 16 gauge gun, they will not feed correctly because they are too large. Also, get finish nails designed for your gun. Ideally use Porter Cable nails but if not at least nails that list porter cable as one of the guns that they are compatible with.

Next, get a can of a penetrating lubricant called WD-40 and some cotton swabs. Disconnect the gun from power and also remove any brads that are in it. Then spray the entire chute and the sprin mechanism with a heavy coating of the penetrating lubricant and let it sit for 8 hours. After it sits spray it again and use the cotton swabs to remove and rust, corrosion, dirt, etc. Spray it again. Then load it up again making sure that you are using brads designed for your gun. Hook it up and try it. IF it is still not feeding as it should checked for other causes such as:


  • magazine is bent.
  • loader springs bent, worn, or kinked.
  • guide channel is too narrow.
  • guide is broken.

The most common ways that magazines become bent is through misuse. Workmen will often use the magazine of the nailer to "set their work." That's a nice way of saying that they use their nailer like a hammer and really beat it up.

Over time, this kind of use will bend the magazine and increasingly slow the guide until it doesn't move at all. A bent magazine should go to a shop and/or be replaced. Magazines can be especially difficult to reassemble, depending on the brand.

Check the loader springs for damage, and replace any that need replacing. Porter Cable makes a repair kit for this purpose.

If the guide channel has become too narrow, they can often becarefully widened by wedging a screwdriver between the groves and leveraging a little pressure to spread the groove.


Joe


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