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How To Clear A Jammed Nail Gun

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Before we get into how to clear a jammed nailer let’s look at some of the different types of nail guns. If you’re in a rush you can skip down to the section titled How to Clear a Jammed Nail gun.

Types of Nail Guns

Fuel Cell Nailers

Nail guns have replaced the use of hammers in many situations, making work easier. There are several types of nail guns. One of them is the cordless nail gun. This is a self-contained tool with a small combustion engine. It is powered by disposable canister of gas. This uses fuel cells filled with liquefied petroleum gas and a spark connected to internal battery. It has an internal piston that fires pushing the nail into the surface.

This type of nail gun is good for low volumes and tight places. This is also use when you do not have much time or work area to set up compressors and hoses. Its power is dependent on the battery. This tool should be cleaned regularly allowing for better firing conditions.

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Battery Powered Nailers

Battery powered nail guns are also cordless, powered by only a battery. These kinds are handy for small-medium jobs. It has two types. The first is a stick nail gun that uses nails held with other materials to form a stick and fit the tool. The second type is a coil gun that uses nails joined with wires in a round coil.

When buying a cordless nail gun, consider the speed of nail fire, the exhaust, how it efficiently clears a jam, depth-adjust, triggers, the accessory cases, air connectors, safety precautions of the tool, and nail sizes.

Air Nailers

Air nail guns are the most common and most powerful type. They work with air compressors. This nail gun is mostly heavy duty but does a job very efficiently. It handles the depth of the nail with this gun because they have quick dial depth adjustment settings.

It’s important to remember that most nail guns are not easy to handle. They are not self-contained tools. You must be aware of their capacity especially when using an air compressor. Most commonly seen as roofing nailers, due to the need for power and heavy use with roofing installations.


Flooring Nailers

Floor nail guns make the work of installing the floor much easier and fast. They produce less or no damage at all. They give nicer look for the finished surface. These tools are used for hard woods. There are many popular types of hardwood floor nail guns in the world. They can install solid woods up to three fourth inch floor boards. Flooring nailers look much different than other types of nail guns as they are intended to be used on the floor only.


How to Clear A Jammed Nail Gun


To clear a jammed nail from an air nailer, one must first disengage the tool by turning it off and/or disconnecting its air hose or battery. Next, open the gun’s magazine and remove all racks of unfired fasteners. Do not bypass this step; it is imperative that you disengage the tool and remove any fasteners from potentially firing. Because the nailer will be waiting to obey the firing command it was given before the jam prevented discharge, as soon as that jam clears, it will attempt to fire. Accordingly, the tool must be prevented from unintentionally discharging a nail. So, no matter what, disengage the tool and remove all the fasteners from its magazine.

Next, you must access the jam. The gun’s manual will show you how to best do this. Most nail guns; however, have a flip-style locking mechanism on their nose piece. This should open without tools, but if not you may gently release the latch with pliers or the claw of a hammer (the “claw” being the curved prongs on a hammer’s back-side).

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If there is no latch on the nose piece of your gun, please do not attempt to open it; instead you will likely access the jam through a latch on the top of the gun. This will have a flip-style latch mechanism or a few screws that will need to be removed in order to reach the interior of the gun. Bearing in mind that you may need to remove one or more components to reach the jammed nail, open this access to inspect the jam. In the event components must be removed, be careful not to damage them and be equally careful reinstalling them; ensure each part is restored to exactly the way it was removed.

Next, is removing the jammed nail. You may be able to clear it with your fingers, but, if the nail is bent or otherwise caught or obstructed, you may need to use a pair of long-nosed pliers. After removing the jammed fastener, inspect the nose piece and the nail path for damage or anything that appears out of the ordinary.

Next, simply close-up shop (or, close the mechanism you opened to remove the jam), reload your magazine and re-engage the nailgun. This is usually a good time to oil your nailer. Take a look at this for more info. Fire a test-shot to ensure all is well and, assuming it is, be-successfully on your way. If, on the other hand, the gun is still jammed or jams again, reopen the tool to look for additional jammed fasteners, coil wire or for visible damage to the gun. If upon inspection, no jams or damage are found, you may have to take the gun to a service center for diagnosis/repair.

We are confident after reading this you’ll be back to nailing again in no time. If you have any questions drop a comment below. Until next time, Happy Nailing!

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