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Old 05-01-2011, 07:27 AM   #1
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paslode nailer - stop counter sinking?

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I'm having trouble with a nailer ("lite line" paslode fs18-200) I recently bought. I'm using it for trim work and it's leaving a much bigger mark on the work than I would have expected (and than I would like!). please see picture attached (it's blurry shot of a door jamb; the scale on ruler is inches on the right side, centimeters on the left). Any ideas what is happening to cause this? I've turned the pressure on my compressor down (no success), and my next step is to switch from 2 inch nails to something shorter (e.g., 1 to 1.5 inch).


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Isn't there an adjustment in the troubleshooting guide that shows how to set the depth?


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Old 05-01-2011, 10:29 AM   #3
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The contact arm has a depth adjustment. Turn the air down to 85-90#.
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Old 05-01-2011, 06:34 PM   #4
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My guess is that the piston/driver is worn or broken. Here's a link to an exploded view. Scroll down to the parts list/exploded view. Part #14. If the tip of the driver is missing, the blade won't set the nail and the wider part of the blade will strike the wood, leaving a larger indentation.
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That particular gun is a combination brad nailer and stapler.

This means that the driver blade is much wider than a normal brad nailer allowing the gun to also drive staples. Consequently it is going to leave a wider countersink that resembles a finish stapler. If you want to leave a smaller mark you are going to need a dedicated brad or finish nailer.
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:18 AM   #6
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If you have any countersink, of course your work is not finished until you fill with spackling and sand. And this is how it should be done, rather than just painting over supposedly 'flush' nails. Because they are never exactly flush... either too far in or not in far enough.

That being said you are better off having a larger and deeper hole than one just barely indenting the surface. The deeper hole gives a far better base to embed the spacking into. Oftentimes just a light indention invites the spackling to flake off later on.

Also, turn your gun 90 degrees. Crossing the grain like you are doing damages a lot more wood than if the driver parralled the grain of the wood.


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