So you got a nail gun for construction projects or even DIY crafts, but after getting some work done, you notice that your nail gun got jammed. This puts all your plans on finishing up quickly to a halt.
This article will provide you with just the right solution, so you don’t have to delay your projects any further.
The article also contains possible reasons that caused the nail gun to jam, so you can address the issue properly and hopefully avoid any future problems.
Clearing a jammed nail gun is not complicated as long as you follow the steps correctly, so what’s the wait? Let’s get started!
How to Unjam a Nail Gun?
Before starting the step-to-step guide, I would like to highlight that you need to take all the safety precautions to ensure you don’t accidentally hurt yourself and cause irreparable damage.
It is recommended that you wear industrial-grade goggles and gloves during the whole repairing process.
Step 1: Disconnect the tool from the power source
First and foremost, ensure that you’ve switched off the main power source that connects with your nail gun.
Check for any air being stuck in the tool and then proceed to take the batteries out in case it’s a portable battery-operated nail gun; otherwise, just take the cord out of the power switch.
This guarantees that the tool cannot be switched on by accident while you’re trying to unjam it.
Then place a light or preferably white cloth on a flat surface so you can see everything clearly and put the nail gun on top.
Please make certain that you position the nail gun so it is not facing towards to be safe for any unforeseen accidents.
Step 2: Open the Barrel
In this step, you need to open the barrel of the nail gun so you can locate the release switch. The release switch is responsible for releasing any nails that are stuck inside the gun.
Remember that not all models and types of nailers have this switch. If that is the reality for you, check inside the barrel for any stuck nails.
If your nail gun has two nose bolts on the front, separate the nose that is attached to the magazine of the nail gun or lift the nose latch so the nose plate on the front can be released.
Step 3: Find the cause of the Jam
Next, you need to investigate and thoroughly scan the barrel to figure out what is the cause of the jam. Examine the magazine for any blockage at the front.
If there’s no visible problem there, see if the driver blade is in the rest. Take a look at the top of the tool to find any paper or metal components that could be jamming the top of the tool.
Once you’ve inspected all the above areas and found that a nail is stuck in there, you need to move to the next step.
Step 4: Remove the Jammed Nails
If you are at this step, this means that you located a nail stuck in the barrel of your nail gun. If your nail gun has a release switch, the process is straightforward.
Use the switch to dislodge the nails and allow them to drop off. There are some models of nail guns available in the market that have a flip mechanism on the nose of the nail gun.
If you own such a nailer, it will automatically allow the magazine to open and release the nails. Unfortunately, if your nail gun does not have a release switch, the process will require a little more effort and patience.
You will need a pair of pliers, a spare nail, or your own hands to take the jammed nails out of the barrel manually. Keep in mind that it can be a time-consuming and tedious process, so don’t give up.
Eventually, the nail will come out.
Step 5: Reassemble and Reconnect
After the nails are out, refill the magazine correctly and safely close the barrel. Now all you need to do is reconnect the power source, and your nail gun is ready to use.
Reasons for Jamming and Alternative Solutions
The following are some reasons that could be the reason behind your jammed nail gun and solutions:
- Worn out or damaged contact element
Solution: Replace the work contact element with a new one.
- Dented driver blade
Solution: You will need to substitute the driver blade.
- Using the wrong type and size of nails
Solution: Ensure that the correct fasteners are being used which are compatible with your nail gun.
- Broken fastener
Solution: Replace your old fastener with a new one.
- Loose magazine or nose screws
Solution: Tighten each component carefully.