I am preparing to demo some old cedar lap siding on a single wall construction home in Portland, Oregon. I will then insulate/sheerwall/tyveck/install new cedar lap siding. My cedar supplier recommends only hand drive 8p ringshank, galv.,primed nails for the installation of the new siding. I have a Max siding nailer that would obvioulsly be much faster to nail with. If I used a no mar tip & cut down on the compressor volume, what are the reasons to not go this route? Any suggestions? I know I can buy 10lbs. of the hand drives for $25, gun nails would be a bit more. It seems the issue here is not to drive the nail too deep & also what nails are available for a coil nailer that won’t streak the cedar. Would love some feedback. Thanks!
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