Fastening Troubleshooting

Concrete Symptom

Fastener does not hold in base material or base material spalls:

Fastener Troubleshooting

Cause

  • High strength concrete
  • Hard or large aggregate in concrete

ACTION

  • Use shorter fastener
  • Use PowerPoint pin
  • Use load with a different power level

Fastener does not penetrate deep enough:

Fastener in Concrete

Cause

  • Fastener too long
  • Tool power level too low

ACTION

  • Use shorter fastener
  • Use a stronger powder load

Fastener penetrates too deep:

Fastener Too Short Troubleshooting

Cause

  • Fastener too short for application
  • Tool power level too high

ACTION

  • Use longer fastener
  • Use a lighter powder load

Fastener bends:

Fastener Bends Troubleshooting

Cause

  • Fastener hit large aggregate on entry
  • Concrete too hard
  • Fastener hit rebar just under the surface

ACTION

  • Use shorter fastener
  • Use PowerPoint pin
  • Make sure tool is perpendicular to the work surface
  • Move over 3 inches, try to fasten again

Steel Symptom

Fastener does not penetrate the surface:

Fastener Doesn't Penetrate Surface Troubleshooting

Cause

  • Driving power too low
  • Material may be too hard for forced entry fastener

ACTION

  • Increase powder load level
  • Use PowerPoint pin

Fastener breaks or bends:

Fastener Breaks Troubleshooting

Cause

  • Driving power is too low
  • Fastener is too long
  • Material may be too hard for forced entry fastener

ACTION

  • Increase powder load level
  • Reduce fastener length

Fastener does not hold in base material:

Fastener Doesn't Hold Troubleshooting

Cause

  • Steel base material too thin
  • ACTION

  • Use gas system tools with smaller Shank pin or Tek pin

Fastener does not fully penetrate steel:

Fastener in Steel

Cause

  • Driving power too low
  • Steel base material too thick
  • Application limit may have been reached

ACTION

  • Increase powder load level
  • Use PowerPoint pin