18 Gauge Brad Nailer

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Old 11-27-19, 07:55 AM
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18 Gauge Brad Nailer

It is about 10 years I have this Cambell& Hausfeld 2 brad nailer which I bought along with a small compressor as a kit. Never used a brad nailer before but after I discovered that the nailer was among the handiest tool in my small home shop.

I hardly use the gun but when I do its very convenient and I keep it clean/oiled. Yesterday when I used it again it worked fine for some time but then it stop pushing the 5/8 brad nails, pushing the trigger I can only hear some air coming out. I removed the front 4 screws to see if I can see anything wrong but there was nothing broken. Put it back together and it work for a while but then did the same.

Any ideas what is the problem?
 
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Old 11-27-19, 09:14 AM
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First, check to see if the driver is fully retracted. If it's fully extended when you take that front cover off, you won't be able to see the nails in the magazine. Shove it (and the piston) all the way back up into the cylinder, then reassemble and try again.

Where do you hear the air coming from? Trigger? Exhaust?
 
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Old 11-27-19, 10:12 AM
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The air is coming from the trigger.

I will do what you say later on and post back

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Old 11-27-19, 04:03 PM
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Now it works so I can’t do your instructions

The same problem happened about a year ago but I didn’t pay too much attention because like today after a while it worked again.

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Old 11-27-19, 04:18 PM
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If you keep it outside in the cold, that's a big part of it. Guns don't work well in the cold.
 
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Old 11-27-19, 09:20 PM
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I always use it inside my heated garage
 
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Is your garage heated 24/7 or just when you are out there?
 
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Old 11-28-19, 06:22 AM
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Garage is heated to 60 F during the winter but when I work in there I push it to 70 F
 
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Old 11-28-19, 06:34 AM
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It could have been a dry o ring from disuse. Or maybe when you loosened the front cover, the driver sucked up by itself. The tip of the driver might have gotten caught on the head of the next nail on its way back up. Hard telling. Glad it's working again. Unless you wanted a new one... In that case you might have to accidentally back over it with the tractor. lol
 
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