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Old 11-14-2008, 02:07 PM   #1
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Hello all, I am roofing a new shop building that has 1/2" CDX ply as a base. Are staples or nails better? What lenght do you advise? I will buy an air gun for this project as well as an overlay project of my house roof in the spring. What gun should I buy? Keep in mind I will sell the gun after the projects are complete so re-sale is an issue. Thanks for any help !

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1 1/4" nails works for most 25 thru 40 yr shingles, some 50 yr/ life times require 1 1/2".
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Old 11-14-2008, 06:33 PM   #3
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Hitachi or Bostich will do you very well.

they are available at the ABC Roofing Supply stores.

Also, check with your local pawn shop for an inexpensive alternative.

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I like the Hitachi nailers, very little down time with them
Also I recommend using hot dipped galvanized nails over the electro galvanized version. They will last longer.
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So the 1 1/4 " would be sticking through about 1/2" on the inside of the new building project correct and thats normal? And you dont like staples vs nails right? Thanks.
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What model of Hatachi do you like,thanks.
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Yes the nails do extend thrugh the sheeting, but if you have open soffits & 3/4" T & G decking we recommend 7/8 hand nails around the perimeter
You want the shank of the nail holding the shingle, not the point.
I do not like staples in plywood or in roofing materials.
They seem to losen up in plywood or if the roof deck was wet tend to rust(especially in my climate)
In shingles a good wind when it pulls on the staple & tends to cut into it(the shingle) & they tear out. Everywhere I have seen them I have also seen a lot of torn shingles
Most of the ones I have seen were a while ago as nobody uses them any more
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Thank you very much for the detailed response !
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So the 1 1/4 " would be sticking through about 1/2" on the inside of the new building project correct and thats normal? And you dont like staples vs nails right? Thanks.
Not only normal, but spec.

Read the fastener penetration requirements from the shingle manufacturers to find out for yourself.

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Porter cable nailers are trouble -free and inexpensive.

Resale on the gun is a non-issue. Keep it for your reroof.
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Bostitch is the best nailgun on the market-period
staples are nowhere near as good as nails
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I staple all my plywood,IMO staples hold better than nails.Replace a sheet thats nailed and one thats stapled.Say no more!
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I staple all my plywood,IMO staples hold better than nails.Replace a sheet thats nailed and one thats stapled.Say no more!
That does not jive with the actual test results, unless you are placing the staples at a 2" OC pattern.

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That does not jive with the actual test results, unless you are placing the staples at a 2" OC pattern.

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I use 6" OC.Thats why I said IMO.It also matters how your staples are placed vertically or horizontally.Whats your typical nail pattern?Also what size of staples were tested?Who asked you anyway,Ed?J/K

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