How to Unjam a Nail Gun

Nail guns are time-saving power tools used to insert nails, and sometimes staples, into wood, metal and almost any other material. They are used in place of the traditional hand-held hammer because of their ease of use and quick results. Because nail guns get so much use on construction sites, they also jam quite often. Removing a jam from a nail gun is an extremely easy task, but proper safety precautions must be taken to prevent injuries.

Nail guns can jam on occasion.

Step 1

Unplug the nail gun from the power supply and make sure that there is no air in the chamber before commencing repair. If the nail gun is electric, simply remove the power cord from the electrical outlet. If the nail gun is battery operated, remove the battery from the gun.

Step 2

Locate the jam release lever, if present, and lift out on the lever to release the jammed nail or nails. Not all nail guns have a jam release lever, but many of the newer models do.

Step 3

Open the nail compartment of the nail gun and examine the front of the compartment for nails that have turned in the wrong direction. Also look at the very front of the gun to see if a nail is jammed in the opening. If this is the case, use another nail to push the jammed nail out of the compartment.

Step 4

Close the nail compartment and reconnect the nail gun to the power source.

Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.