When a nail gets caught in the gun or strikes an object and diverts, it causes a jam and the nail gun not shooting nails. Therefore, the jam occurred when you press the framing nailer trigger, and it refuses to fire.
A jamming nail gun is a rampant problem, and most owners of framing nailer or nail guns often face this scenario. If you found that your nail gun wasn't shooting nails, the most likely reason is that the instrument gets jam.
Therefore, it is necessary to learn how to unjam a nail gun quickly and correctly. If you're a pro user, you may understand all elements of a nail gun in well-manner, but if you're a DIYer or a weekend warrior, keeping the instruction manual diligently and reading it before making any fixes is crucial.
We are approaching here to give a short overview of what to do or don’ts if the nail gun keeps jamming. So, to get back your work quickly, you could follow the understated steps.
Nail guns would become a deadly weapon if they did not operate in the correct direction. Therefore, to be safe and to be risk-free it is essential to
Steps of unjam a nail gun
1. Disconnect The Power Source
The basic rule to conduct any maintenance work is to turn off the power connection first. It would be best if you had to obey this rule in case of clearing jam of a nail gun too.
If it is a pneumatic framing nailer then must disengage the air hose or if it is battery operated nail gun then remove the battery from the device to minimize the risk of any accidental firing.
2. Take away the leftover racks or strips of fastener
After disconnecting the device from the power source, the next essential task is to remove all pieces of unfired nails. Do not avoid this step. It is crucial that you disengage the device and remove nails to prevent any possible firing. Because the nailer will wait to follow the firing order provided before the jam, it will try to shoot as quickly as that jam clears. So, no question what, disengage the device and take away all the nails from your magazine.
3. Remove Stuck Or Jammed Nail(S)
The next task is to access the jam. It is best to follow the instruction manual as a different brand suggest different ways. Usually, based on nailer design, you could follow the below procedures to clear stacked or obstructed nail(s).
A. Open The Barrel By Using Release Lever –
If your device has a release lever, let’s find it first and use it to open the barrel. Clearing jammed nails by opening the barrel using the release lever is flawless and secure. Most modern nailers have this system, but you do not need to worry if it's missing in your nail gun. Keep an eye on the next step mentioned below.
B. Dislodge Jammed Nail(S) –
If the nose of your nail gun is flip-style that allows the magazine to slide open without tools, then use the claw part of a hammer or pair of pliers to remove the nails and slide the magazine free.
If there is no latch on the nose of the gun, then do not attempt to open it by pressure. Instead, you can reach the jammed nail through a latch on top of the gun by opening a few screws.
Now, you can use the tip of a nail and pliers or claw of a hammer to dislodge the stuck nail from barrel manually. These manual process a bit time consuming, but don’t be distressed, hold your patient until entirely expel the jammed nail. Don’t forget to remove all the remaining nails from the magazine once prying out the jammed nail.
Also, inspect the barrel and nose of the gun for any impairment, if so it is better to take professional advice and replace the damaged part if required.
4. Organize And Reload The Magazine
Once complete unjam the gun insert fresh nails in a correct direction, removed nails that may not be lining in the right direction. Then close and lock the nose.
5. Restore power source and test
After reloading the magazine, connect the device with a power source (with air hose if pneumatic, plug in the power cord if electric or reinsert battery if cordless type nailer). Before going for final firing, test the gun on scrap wood to ensure it is now functioning correctly.
You may see the below video to get some visual ideas
Fix up a jam nail gun is not a strenuous task at any rate. Even you will not require any special tools or grasp to do this — all you need to alert and know the process. Additionally, if you oiled nail gun regularly, the chances of getting jam will reduce drastically.
However, if you still discover that your nail gun not shooting nails, it may be for another mechanical issue or stalling. Some contemporary equipment such as Dewalt has a stall release lever, which makes removing jam very easy.
Maintaining your instruments proper way is advisable. In the event of any issue, diagnose it, and take the required intervention accordingly. It will assist you to get rid of the problem in the shortest possible moment.
Finally, wishing you to use your nail gun happily and safely.