nailing cedar sidewall choices
I’ve got about 8 square of sidewall to shingle, using preprimed red cedar with ~7 inch exposure.
for once, I’m thinking about using a nail gun. I don’t do much shingling, and kind of like the simple gpood ol’ hammer and box nails when I’m patching around a new window etc. But this job has me wondering.
I’m not buying a shingle gun, already have a framing gun and roofing gun. How stupid is it to use 2″ galvies in the framing gun or spring the $$$ for a box of stainless roofing nails?
I kinda know the theory says its stupid (nails too long hit wires, bigger shank nails split shingles) but, anyone have any good experience to report?
If you can't adjust the depth the nails will be set to deep. I'd be afraid to use a framing gun for cedar shingles. There was good thread about this just a couple of days ago.
Thanks Tom,i'll look for the other thread too. i tried the search, but didn't find anything yet. Another good reason to check the forum every night ;-)
Here is the other thread. http://forums.taunton.com/tp-breaktime/messages?msg=79661.1 I'm no expert on the subject but for what shingles cost I'd spend the extra cash on the right nailer for the job (actually I did). It's so labor intensive that I'd hate to see the wrong tool for the job ruin it.Tom
Do you own a medium crown stapler? The kind you'd use for wall sheathing? That's what most are applied with around here. Use 1-1/2" staples.
The diameter of those nails will destroy the shingles
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Our siding contractor is now installing the same shingle as you described. He uses a narrow crown stapler, 1-1/2" stainless steel staples, four staples per shingle. He's done well over 500 squares for us over the years and has never had a problem.