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Make sure that you don’t have a jammed brad in the nailing head. Are you using air-tool-oil fed through the air coupler on a regular basis? Hope this helps!

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Nail gun not shooting nails It happens if your nail gun can not supply sufficient power. If the air pressure is not set high enough, the gun will not have enough power to shoot the nails. To fix this, you will need to increase the air pressure.
Jams are the most common cause of a nailer not firing. Thankfully, they are often easy to clear. For safety, first disconnect the tool from the air supply, retract the feeder mechanism, and remove any excess fasteners from the magazine. From there, clearing the jam depends on what type of nailer you have.
It`s extremely difficult to hold a brad nail with your fingers and still have enough room to hit it with a hammer. You can solve this problem with a thin strip of cardboard. Just poke the nail through the cardboard and use that to position your nail. Now you can freely hit your nail with your hands out of the way.
Power. Pneumatics require an air compressor for power, along with an air hose to connect to the nailer. Cordless nailers offer freedom of movement, but power-intensive jobs, like framing, will increase battery use.
Many air leaks are caused by faulty or damaged seals and o-rings. Check your tool to see if any of the seals or o-rings are damaged. A common reason for the o-rings to be damaged is lack of oil. Generally speaking, nailers need 2-3 drops of oil a day.
A battery for a cordless tool will last approximately 3 years or 1,000 charge cycles. For gas-powered nailers, expect to pay about $13 to $15 for a single fuel cell.
Specifications for air-powered nailers detail the cubic feet per minute (CFM) and pressures (PSI) needed. Minimum pressure is at least 70 psi while 90 is a more useful target level.
Traditional Oiled Nail Guns

Oiled nailers require regular lubrication to ensure they function properly. Adding a few drops of oil into the air inlet each time you use the tool reduces heat and friction and prevents valves, seals and O-rings from wearing out. During heavy use, you should oil the tool more frequently.

For safety, nail guns are designed to be used with the muzzle contacting the target. Unless specifically modified for the purpose, they are not effective as a projectile weapon.
Finish nails are stronger than brads, so choose them if your project needs to be durable. There are some differences between nails meant to be driven with a hammer and a collated nail meant to be driven with a power nailer, commonly known as a nail gun.
A finish nailer is a slightly bigger gauge nail than the brad nailer at either 15 or 16 gauge, which means the nails used and the hole they leave is bigger. The bigger gauge also results in a stronger hold that the brad nailer can`t achieve.
Air Leaks Out Back This is a good sign that seals need to be reseated with dry firing or bumping the gun, but it is also possible that air is leaking out the back of the tool because of a broken part. If attempts to reseat the seals fail, the tool will have to be disassembled and inspected for wear or damage to parts.
To break down deposits and ensure smooth starts and stops, most pneumatic nailers and staplers require a total of 4-5 drops of pneumatic tool oil into the air fitting every day, adjusting for the amount of use.
Nail guns can also produce high noise levels, particularly when used in a machine configuration, for example when making fence panels.
All nail guns have the potential to cause serious injury. Using a nail gun with a bump or automatic trigger (also known as contact trip trigger) can result in unintended nail discharge.
16-gauge nails are the most versatile size, so a 16-gauge nail gun is a great option if you need it for many different projects. 15-gauge nails are most often used for installing thick trim. 18-gauge and higher-gauge nail guns are best used for fine detail work, furniture repair and thin trim work.
Paslode recommend that you clean and lubricate your nailer every 50,000 shots. If it`s being used in a dirty environment or at high nailing rates for extended periods of time then this should be more often. Cleaning your nail gun is easy and shouldn`t take any longer than 15 minutes.
18-gauge brad nailers shoot a thin nail between 3/8″ to 2″ depending on the model. They leave a smaller hole thanks to their small head and so are less likely to split thinner wood. They`re the ideal nailer for attaching casing to window and door jambs because they`re less likely to blow out the connections.
Hand held tools such as spray guns and nailers tend to require 1-3 CFM and will work perfectly well with a 6mm hose.
A brad nailer is a powered nail gun that shoots 18-gauge brads (small nails). Brad nailers are used by woodworkers and especially finish carpenters to install casing and base trim up to 3/8 inches thick.
Gauge is actually the number of nails that are lined up. This indicates that 16-gauge nails are thicker and can hold better when compared to 18-gauge brads. You will have to keep in mind that a low gauge number will have a thicker nail.
Usually nail guns will have an operating pressure of 80-110 PSI. This means, in this example, the tool will run on 80 PSI and give you good service, but all products are not created equal. The regulator on the compressor can be turned up to a maximum of 110 PSI and give it more force to drive the nail.
Failing to lubricate your gun means it will have a harder time operating properly, and metal parts can stress and even fail. Even if the gun isn`t used, moisture from sweat and the storage environment can corrode the metal parts and form rust. These issues will impact your gun`s reliability, accuracy and longevity.
The O-rings in the tool will dry up, causing the tool to malfunction. It will also cause unnecessary wear on its components, and potentially cause corrosion. To learn more about maintaining your nail gun, read our post on How to Avoid Destroying Your Pneumatic Nailer.

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When the furnace kicks on the blower makes a noise like the squirrel cage or what ever is rubbing against a side, but after it gets going the scraping noise stops and then again when the furnace shuts of and the blower motor is coming to a stop it make a scraping noise Can I grease it or adjust it, or is it just buy a whole new assembly?
ANSWER : Sounds like it is off balance may check it for objects or loose bolts or screws that hole it in place

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My pump is making a loud humming noise and when I turned it on would not come on , just hummed. Tried again later and eventually came on but still making noise. Do I need a new pump. It is about 5 years old. I have an indoor pool so not in the cold weather
ANSWER : My Sunterra pump made that noise and I had a problem getting it to come back on after unpluggin to clean pre-filter each time. It was not long after that the plastic impeller sheared in pieces (the pump was only 1 year old and thankfully under warranty) My guess is that this is fixing to happen to yours as well. You are lucky to get 5 years. There was no reason for mine to come aparts. Uunterra sent me a replacement pump which had been slightly re-designed of the same 2000 gl size and the new one jsut did the same thing (only 2 1/2 months old) I called them again which in the meantime will mean my pond going witout filtration once again. I am getting very upset about this and will be looking for a good deal on a different brand pump.

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Kickback I have a loud noise on start up every once in a while, sounds like a gun shot. Mower also run a bit weird, lets call it on warm up the engine sounds like its wheezing. After running for a couple minutes it goes away. Any suggestions?

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I have a Poulan push mower that after mowing in a ditch started making a loud noise and running rough. It almost sounded as if metal was hitting metal. The mower was vibrating more than normal. I checked under the mower and nothing is hitting. After a few times of stopping the mower engine because it sound as if it is going to die down the mower will not start now. The shaft does not appear bent and the blade appears ok. The mower has oil, a good spark plug and a clean air filter. It was running fine until that moment. I did not see anything that I hit but it is possible I hit something in the ditch like a pine cone or branch. What could the problem be and how would I go about fixing it?
ANSWER : If you are sure the oil level is correct then it sounds like it’s about to die, unfortunately. A pine cone shouldn’t cause any damage, but a large branch may do so. Was it smoking before you shut it down? The vibration could be caused from a bent blade. It could also be caused from a part breaking in the motor. I wish I could have given you better news!

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I have a Craftsman LT riding lawnmower and for some reason the one of the blades is a very loud noise. I have tried going under the deck and tighten up the bolt that holds it in place but it still making that loud noise.
ANSWER : Check for foreign objects caught under the deck, as well as for a bent blade. If that’s not the problem, look at the mower deck belt – is it burnt or worn in a spot? Take it off, and see if you can turn the blade spindles and idler pulley freely. If they scrape badly or are frozen in place, that’s the problem.

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Chain saw won’t start – pull starter pulley hard to pull?
ANSWER : If it worked fine the last time you used it, then pull the spark plug and try pulling the rope. See if it’s easier or if gas shoots out of the plug hole. I’ve seen this happen when the diaphram in the carb goes bad from sitting over winter. It loads up the cylider with fuel and makes it very difficult to pull the rope. If there is no fuel in the cyliner and it’s still hard to pull, make sure there is nothing binding the clutch/sprocket. I’ve had chucks of wook lodged in there that caused it to bind the crank output, which resulted in a hard pull on the rope as well.

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10 year old Toro 2017 lawnmower, suddenly stopped while cutting grass. Oil quite low. Cannot pull cord more l than few inches.
ANSWER : When you pull the cord does it hit a hard stop and not go any further or does it get really difficult?

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This sand filter and pump is 1 season old, when I turn on pump it makes a humming noise and will trip the reset. Is the motor no good or is there something I can check.
ANSWER : This might be a case of pump was not stored correctly from 1st season , now pump shaft has become dry and tight , well if your handy with a phillips head you could try and dissasembe pump and lube shaft with waterproof grease ( kitchen faucet parts in hardware store)
i allways store my pump filled with food grade antifreeze (rv grade) and hoses capped off and pointed up , it stays all winter inside an unheated shed with no problems for two swiming seasons now

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