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Old 04-01-2014, 09:16 AM   #1
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I will be building a 20x24 garage this summer. How are the siding nailers? It seemed like quite the time saver and especially if it hits perfect depth every time. I also have to reside my house so I'll get a lot of use out of it.

How much time would using a roofing nailer save over just hammering would you say? I am not sure how much time to estimate for shingling to see if a rental makes sense.

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Unless you are an experienced hand nailer, a roofing gun will be much much faster.

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What type siding are you installing? Vinyl is installed by hand nailing.
A roofing nail gun would be about 50% faster but useless for anything else except roofing.
With one helper I can easily roof a small garage like that in 2, days.
The only hard part is getting them up on the roof.
Order roof top delivery if you can.
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So you don't recommend the pneumatic siding nailers with depth adjustment? I am installing vinyl.
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It has to be hand nailed unless you want to spend all day having to reset the depth of the nails with a flat bar.
Siding nailers are made for siding like wood or James Hardee, the heads to small for vinyl.
Vinyl is hung on the wall, it can not be nailed tight or it's going to buckle.
As your moving down the wall some areas are going to be harder to nail then others so there's no way to get a consistence depth with a gun.
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Using a nail gun also decreases your accuracy by 75%. That statement stands for shingles or siding. :D
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Using a nail gun also decreases your accuracy by 75%. That statement stands for shingles or siding. :D
Some siding nailers aren't too bad,but its very simple to hand nail, though I do like staplers for soffit. Roofing guns are great and save a lot of time, can be very accurate in the right hands.

As for time estimate, if its walkable pitch and your doing it yourself with a gun you can probably do around 3 bundles an hour. That would allow for taking some time since your inexperienced. Works out to around a shingle per minute, so no big rush to keep up that pace.

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