Nailer will not work with 1" nails

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Forum topic by Cal2 posted 03-08-2017 02:32 AM 731 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2017 02:32 AM

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I have a Porter Cable 16 Gauge nail gun.

It operates perfectly when using the Porter Cable 2” and 1.5” nails but will not work with the Porter Cable 1” nails.

I install the adapter that is needed for the small size nails but most of the time nothing comes out when I try to nail (a nail will come out very infrequently). The plunger does make an indentation in the wood but there is no nail there. I have tried raising the air pressure from 60psi in increments of 10 up to 100psi with no effect.

There are no air leaks.

Can anyone help me before I have to go buy a new nailer?

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#1 posted 03-08-2017 02:45 AM

I’ve never heard of this adapter. You’re using 16g nails?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 03-08-2017 03:34 AM

I always use mine without the adapter and never had any issues. Make sure the nails are all the way forward in the magazine.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 03-08-2017 03:43 AM

I’ve had that problem with my 16 ga nailer. I lightly oiled the area where the nails feed toward the head, and all was fine. I’ve had to do it a couple of times over a year or so.

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#4 posted 03-08-2017 03:45 AM

check make sure the nails are loaded right head is just above the groove …so they feed …sounds like they are getting caught on the lip there ….GOOD LUCK :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#5 posted 03-08-2017 03:41 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions.
Yes, I am using the Porter Cable 16 gauge 1” nails and according to the gun’s instructions the adapter must be used for any nails smaller than 1.5”.
I will try the oil trick and see if that helps (I haven’t oiled it in quite awhile).
Thanks again.

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#6 posted 03-08-2017 04:25 PM

Are you sure you have the adapter in properly?
I have the same gun and it works great? when installed right?

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