Nailer for cedar shingles

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Forum topic by Ben posted 08-29-2017 12:50 AM 827 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-29-2017 12:50 AM

I have a big shingling job coming up. Maine
White cedar with two coats of solid stain from factory.
Wondering what the ideal nail/nailer is. I’ve always hand nailed with stainless ring shank, but seems pretty inefficient on a big job.

I don’t own a siding nailer.
Appreciate any advice.


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#1 posted 08-29-2017 01:10 AM

That would have been my first choice . . . a siding nailer.


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 08-29-2017 01:11 AM

Right. But nails or Staples? Any specific guns you guys like?

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#3 posted 08-29-2017 01:13 AM

Oh man… does that bring back memories! Can’t help you with a particular nailer, but I was working construction back in the 80’s down in the Florida Keys building condos. I must have put down tens of thousands of cedar shingles back then, and we did them all by hand. Good workout and a sun tan as an added bonus :)


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 08-29-2017 01:49 AM

Different cedar shingles require different types of fasteners, made of different materials. The best thing for you to do is call the manufacturer and ask what they recommend and if galvanized is ok or if they need to be stainless steel ($$$). You don’t want whatever you use to bleed down, which is why I’d call the manufacturer. All exposed fasteners should be SS.

Make sure that you set the depth correctly. Wether staples or nails, they shouldn’t be buried halfway in the woitd. The should be flat against the surface of the shingle with enough force not to bury itself in it.

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#5 posted 08-29-2017 02:05 AM

I use a nail stripper when I had to hand nail.It hangs in front of your chest and lines the nails up for ya.
Senco makes a coil nailer for shingles they even have stainless ring shank but they are expensive.And they can be fussy.
I used to be a roofer we did lots of side wall shingles long ones Royal.

-- Aj

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