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Old 01-13-2012, 10:33 AM   #1
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Hello, I'm siding a shed with hardi, all I have is my paslode with 3 inch nails in it, don't really have to resources to buy a new gun for a small job like this. Is this going to cause any problems?

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Old 01-13-2012, 11:19 AM   #2
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Nail it by hand!
Framing nails are big and cement siding is brittle, you will have breakage and nails blown through constantly. I have used a roofing nailer with mixed results. Blind nailing of course; but it doesn't really work that well either and just loves to shoot more than one nail at a time.

For a quality job you need a smaller diameter, full head, ring shank, rust proof nail, if you don't have a nailer that will shoot something like that, then I would recommend hand nailing it.

Have been installing CertainTeed brand cement siding on a new house and it is difficult enough even WITH a siding nailer.

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Hello, I'm siding a shed with hardi...
Go to the hardie website and get THEIR specifications for YOUR area.
Follow them.

www.jameshardie.com

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We always used a roofing coil nailer.
Works perfect.
Do not use 3"nails as you could hit electrical, plumbing, etc.
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I bought a Hitichi siding nailer, it uses smaller diam. coiled ring shank nails. Works perfect and 1/2 the time to install that junk.
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Buy shorter nails?

I am fairly certain that Paslode sells them.

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sounds like your trying to use a framing gun... no good , it can be done but it takes some time fussing with the pressure on the compressor to get the right depth setting on the nails.

i have installed a fair amount of harti plank in the past. hand nailing works but you have to predrill on the ends of the panel so it doesnt shatter and you will burn through quite a few bits doing it. we tried using our framing coil nailer as hitachi actually makes nails specifically for this gun designed for installing fibre cement siding however the nail heads are too thick for the siding to lay properly so we nixed that idea and used up the nails for sheathing... the best method is to use a small coil nailer which is designed for siding and putting down underlay. we use 2" stainless steel ring nails and have had no issues .

in my experience as a carpenter ive noticed alot of guys call different products junk,, but this wasnt do to the product but do to the installer not knowing how to work with it..... however in the case of certainteed fibre cement siding... it truly is junk.. i installed it on patios of a 86 unit apartment building this fall and i couldnt believe how brittle it was compared to harti. i had heard about all kinds of problems with certainteed in the U.S pertaining to it shattering, flaking and chipping... then noticed it for myself.. if you will spend the extra money buy Harti
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Hardi plank is called hurricane proof, but only if fastened correctly.
Why don't you see what the manufacturor calls for, then you would actually have a warranty too?
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It’s only a shed........if you’re blind nailing it use roofing nails and a hammer ( a hammer is a wonderful tool that’s been around forever that still works today), or rent a coil nailer that shoots roofing nails.
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Hello, I'm siding a shed with hardi, all I have is my paslode with 3 inch nails in it, don't really have to resources to buy a new gun for a small job like this. Is this going to cause any problems?
Obviously your using a framing gun.......the simple answer is no. Hand nail it with roofing nails.

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