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Old 09-28-2012, 04:25 PM   #1
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I'm planning to cover our carport and front porch ceilings with vinyl, and I'm gonna be installing 1x3 firring strips over an area of about 500 sq ft. I've installed firring on several smaller jobs and just nailed them up by hand -- but with a job this size, I figured to rent a framing nail gun. However, the guy at Home Depot warned me against using framing nails, said they would split the firring strips, suggested instead using finish nails. Before I make a choice, what advice can I get from you guys? How would you recommend I go about attaching almost 500' of firring strips?

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I use 8D siding nails there ring shanked and about 2-1/2 long.
Finish nails have no rings and small heads, there going to just pull out.
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I agree that finish nails are not a good idea.
I use a ring shank nailer. Used most often for underlayment installation.
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yup thats what we do. for thin furring strips we just plug in our coil nailer. or use screws..

for furring strips that are only 1/8" splitting is inevitable no matter what size nail. instead i cut strips of cardboard
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Would the cardboard just crush?
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Where did the cardboard and 1/8 come in? O/P said 1X's
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...for furring strips that are only 1/8" splitting is inevitable no matter what size nail. instead i cut strips of cardboard
As noted in OP, I'll be using 1x3 strips.
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