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Old 01-16-2011, 08:39 PM   #1
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question about nail gun and baseboards

Having issues with my finish nail gun. Not firing nails and seems really "air"weak. Not the normal nail firing sound. Other tools work ok so i know its the actual gun. It may need oil. Where and how much oil do you put in it? Its a porter cable finish gun. does it go into the place where the hose connects to?

If i can't get it operating can I use liquid nails and brad nails to attach baseboards? i can't waste too much time troubleshooting the nail gun tomorrow.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 01-16-2011, 08:43 PM   #2
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If you have a manual I would check for sure, but I add 5-7 drops of oil rated for pneumatic tools, every time I use it. I hope that you are not too late, the oring seals on the ram may need to be replaced if you have used this tool too many times without oil.

The oil is applied in the QD for the airline.


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Old 01-16-2011, 08:50 PM   #3
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with the air DISONNECTED, check to see if the drive pin is retracted or not. Sometimes the pin will stick all the way out and not go back in to accept the next nail. This can be from dirt or debris. push the drive pin back with a nail or small screwdriver. Oil according to specs. i oil a couple drpos every time I use the air tool.
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What packer said. Couple of drops in the fitting where the hose hooks on before attatching the hose.Not too much at one time in finish or brad nailers or you get oil mist on your project.
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You may also want to see if there is an air ajusment on the nail gun itself. Mine has one that you can use for softer woods
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:10 PM   #6
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Liquid nail will work for the trim, but keep in mind that that type of glue will not penetrate the wood so if you put it on thick the trim will not sit flat. I really dont think brads will do much. They just aren't long enough to penetrate the trim, drywall and into a stud. Id get that gun working.


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