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I'm getting ready to install about 3-1/2 bundles (76 sqft?) of cedar shingles on the gables of small cabin. Is there an easy way to calculate the number of nails I'll need for this? They'll be going into 7/16" OSB so planning on 1-1/4 to 1-1/2" long nails....should the be 5,6, or 7d nails? I have a bunch of 8d is that bad?
 

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4d ring shank if you're going to use nails. 3 lbs. should be more than enough. 8d is way to big.
7/16 x 1-1/2 staples is what I'd be using.
 

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I don't have a staple gun that large. I'll look at what I have though. Maybe I have one that will work.
 

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I don't have a staple gun that large. I'll look at what I have though. Maybe I have one that will work.
You can rent for about $30 a day. Rental place should sell individual racks of staples (you won't need anywhere close to a box).
 

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Two nails per shingle.
Yeah, that's what I read, but some things said 3 if wider than 5 or 6 inches. Thing is I don't know how many shingles are actually in bundle. Above poster said 3lbs should be enough for just over 3 bundles, so that's what I'll go with.
 

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Yeah, that's what I read, but some things said 3 if wider than 5 or 6 inches. Thing is I don't know how many shingles are actually in bundle. Above poster said 3lbs should be enough for just over 3 bundles, so that's what I'll go with.
Look at the cost between 3 individual 1 pound boxes vs a 5 pound box. You may be better served just buying the 5.
 

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You can rent for about $30 a day. Rental place should sell individual racks of staples (you won't need anywhere close to a box).
I'll be doing this over a weekend. It's out of town so 4-5 days I'll be gone. Be cheaper to buy a cheapy.
 

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Also, there's a lot of waste siding gables. Your 3-1/2 bundle estimate will more likely be closer to 5.
 

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You need a minimum of an 1-1/4" and the staples MUST be either galvanized or stainless steel. If you're within a few miles of salt water then SS is the way to go.

We are talking about "sidewall shingles" and not "heavy cedar shakes" or "rake shakes"?
 
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