Return to the Remodeling Forum | Post a Follow-Up

nailing cedar shingles

Posted by odo53 (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 15, 08 at 12:07

I am about to start installing white cedar shingle siding. The thought of all those nails makes my arm hurt before I have even picked up the hammer. Is there a nail gun that uses something equivalent to 6 penny ring shank nails? At the local home store I only see smooth shank nails for nail guns. Any advice on nails or staples and a nail gun I can buy or rent?

Thanks much.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: nailing cedar shingles

You can use a siding nailer, shoots a full-head nail, wire-collated. The gun may be possible to rent, and you can get stainless nails for some of them, which is what you'd want.
I hate to say it, but you could probably also use a narrow-crown stapler. Nails would be lots better, IMO.

RE: nailing cedar shingles

Thanks for the advice. Why do you prefer the nails over staples? Do staples pull out over time as the cedar expands and contracts?

I don't see many galvanized staples out there, I guess the stapler option would require stainless steel staples?

RE: nailing cedar shingles

I use stainless staples or stainless ring shank nails.

If you want unstained shingles, consider stainless or aluminum nails, or stainless staples.

I used to be anti-staple but I'm open to either now.

You can rent a gun, but depending on how much siding you have to do, buying might be a better option. You can always resell it on eBay when you are done.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Remodeling Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here