I had a few windows to add extension jambs (by the way EZ-Hang works great for extension jambs) and trim out. I thought rather than get out the compressor and the hose, I’ll just grab the hoseless gas powered gun. Well after a half hour of charging the batteries, changing fuel cells three times and still no firing of nails, frustration set in. I grabbed the hose and compressor and was on my way.
Airless nailers can be “finicky” sometimes and will only fire if the gun is clean, batteries charged and fuel cell is fresh. By the way, just because the fuel cell is new doesn’t mean it’s fresh.
I have had my gas powered nailer for a few years now, for the most part it’s fairly dependable, but I would never give up my air trim nailers. While the hose can be a pain, you learn to work with it. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when my air guns have firing problems too, they are just less frequent.
If you are having problems with your Paslode nail gun the first thing you need to read the Paslode manual and checkout how to clean the nail gun. One of the most common causes for these guns to have mis-fires is because of a lack of maintenance. If you do not have the manual for your Paslode nailer you can download one here. www.paslode.com/owners-manuals.html
Besides that, gas cylinders are a problem sometimes even if they are new. If you just replaced the gas cylinder and the nail gun will not work, try another one. This switching of cylinders can get expensive. Also, sometimes the end that goes on the gas cylinders will not snap on correctly or completely. I have had them spray CO2 all over, so take care when engaging the cap. correctly.
Check for jammed nails in the magazine. Paper from the nails can sometimes cause them to bind up and not slide front. Make sure to always use nails that are only for the Paslode nail gun.
The firing pin can also be a problem. The firing pin will bend sometimes, but usually because of lack of the right nails or maintenance. Another problem that can happen is that the o-rings around the firing pin will break or crack. When this happens the gun may not fire or the pin will not return after it shoots a nail. If you are having these problems then check the o-rings both top and mid-pin to make sure they are in good shape. If they are chipped or cracked in anyway the gun will not work correctly.
The battery contacts on these nailers are also a problem. They can get dirt and dust in them or become bent. If they fail to make good contact they can cause the gun to have all types of problems. If you are having unexplained problems then check the contacts of both the battery and the gun. You can clean them with a soft cloth or sometimes with a pencil eraser.