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Quick Tips For Fixing Framing Nailer Jams

Nothing ties up work faster than a nail gun jam. It's a nuisance that can cut into your work, unnecessarily delaying projects. All nail guns will jam from time to time, no matter the brand, no matter the price. This applies equally to coil and stick framing guns. It's very easy, however, fixing framing nailer jams yourself.

Read on to learn how to clear a fastener jam—and what causes a jam in the first place—so you can prevent them. Also, be sure to watch our helpful videos on the Nail Gun Depot YouTube Channel.

Using a Hitachi NR83A5(S). This worker surely knows how to fix a framing nailer jam

Clear An Impulse Framing Nailer Jam (also works for paper tape nail guns)

One of our most popular tools is the Paslode CF325XP Cordless Framing Nailer, originally the Paslode Impulse framing gun. Because it is such a common tool, we get a lot of calls asking how to fix fastener jams. Well, it’s simple to do it yourself, whether on this or another brand of paper strip framing nailer. 

Learn how to fix a framing nailer jam in a Paslode XP Cordless Framing Nailer

1. Disconnect the power supply. For a cordless nailer, remove the battery and fuel cell. For a pneumatic nailer, disconnect the air hose.

2. Remove the fasteners. You don’t want any flying out when you remove the stuck nail from the magazine.

3. Using an Allen wrench, loosen the two screws underneath the depth adjustment.

4. Using a screwdriver, gently separate the magazine assembly from the nose assembly. You’ll notice the driver blade is stuck with the offending nail behind it.

5. Using the screwdriver again, push the driver blade down. If there’s a really tight jam, tap the driver blade down with a nail set. Pushing the driver blade down should help clear out the jam.

6. Tighten the Allen screws back up, and you're ready to go.

What Caused the Jam:

Tape Collation Fail: The fasteners have been mishandled, or the paper tape has gotten wet. Nails will no longer line up properly.

Slamming the Follower: This can also throw off the nail collation. Use enough force to close the follower, but don’t slam it shut.

Incorrect Loading: Nails have been put into the magazine backward.

Wrong Fastener Collation: If the nailer calls for a 34-degree paper collated nail strip, for instance, don’t try to use a 28-degree wire collated nail strip. Use the angle and collation directed by the tool manufacturer.

Learn how to fix a framing nailer jam in a Metabo HPT/Hitachi NV83A5 Coil Framing Nailer

Clear a Coil Nailer Jam

Another fan-favorite framing nail gun is the Metabo HPT NV83A5 Coil Framing Nailer, previously known as Hitachi brand. Here's how easy it is fixing framing nailer jams in your coil nail gun.

1. Disconnect the air supply.

2. Remove the fasteners.

3. Push the driver blade down by tapping it with a nail set and a hammer. If you’ve got an old driver blade on hand, you can also use that to push the current driver blade down.

4. Make sure the driver blade is all the way down and remove the stuck fastener completely from the nose of the tool.

5. Reload nails and reattach air supply.

What Caused the Jam:

Lack of Adequate Oil: The air cylinder in the nose needs plenty of oil to function properly. Too little oil, and the nails will be slow to feed, causing a jam. Pro Tip: For coil nailers, use 10-15 drops of oil before nailing.

Misshapen Coil: A coil has to be round to feed properly. If the roll has become misshapen from being dropped or squeezed, you can try to re-form it. In some cases though, you just have to start over with a new coil.

Wrong Fastener Type: Be sure the nail's shank diameter and collation match the tool's specified usage. Otherwise, the nails will not fit or feed properly in the tool. This is why many manufacturers have a coil nailer specifically designed for use with roofing nails, versus siding nails, versus framing nails.



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  • John Mclean April 9, 2019 at 12:41 PM

    I have a Senco Framer oil lube and I don't use it to often and I went to use it the other day and when I pulled the trigger it just released air, so I pulled out my Senco Oil free Framer and used that but I would like to know how to repair the oil lube framer. could you help me. the oil lube doesn't have 20 hrs of use time on it yet but I bought it for a back up 8 yrs ago it's like brand new.

    • Nail Gun Depot April 10, 2019 at 4:56 AM

      Hi John,
      You may need to lube the O rings or clean the tool. Check out our article Troubleshooting Air Leaks on a Pneumatic Tool. If you've done that, it could also be that a rebuild is in order. We have steps for Rebuilding a Nailer. That article covers the Paslode PowerMaster Nailer, but it should be helpful in generally understanding where/what you need to replace. If you still have issues, contact our customer service and we'll connect you to the repair department. Best of luck!

  • Dylan Hubbard February 3, 2020 at 3:12 PM

    100% of the time my hammer works every time..... Drive nails!!

    • Nail Gun Depot February 4, 2020 at 7:57 AM

      We certainly cannot argue with tried and tested methods. However, think how much time and energy you'd save using a nailer. Pays for itself in no time :).

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