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Currently ramping up to remove old siding / install new. Per LP Warranty specs must use a Hot Dipped Galvanized 8D nail (Shank size equal to / greater than .113 and head diameter of .270) that penetrates minimum 1.5 inches into stud. Will require 2 1/2 inch nail to abide. Unable to locate a nail or siding nail gun that would satisfy all requirements of above.

Other option is to graduate up to a framing nailer and afraid I would be consistently fighting issues with nail penetration and avoid scarring the siding.

Open for comments or suggestions.

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Many thanks in advance for replies.
 

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You gotta love it when a company puts out a spec that is difficult to meet. Either their designers don't know what is available to installers or else they do it purposely to limit warranty claims. Surely they know that most installers are using the commonly available 2 1/4" .099 nails. Whatever. The warranty on something like that isn't worth much IMO. Problems are going to get blamed on the installer unless there is a class action involving widespread failures. And if that happens, no one will be coming out and determining that your nails only penetrated 1 3/8" into the stud vs 1 1/2".



I found these pretty easily...https://www.nailgundepot.com/8crd11...ot-dipped-galvanized-details.html...seriously, I wouldn't sweat 1/8".
 

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You gotta love it when a company puts out a spec that is difficult to meet. Either their designers don't know what is available to installers or else they do it purposely to limit warranty claims. Surely they know that most installers are using the commonly available 2 1/4" .099 nails. Whatever. The warranty on something like that isn't worth much IMO. Problems are going to get blamed on the installer unless there is a class action involving widespread failures. And if that happens, no one will be coming out and determining that your nails only penetrated 1 3/8" into the stud vs 1 1/2".



I found these pretty easily...https://www.nailgundepot.com/8crd11...ot-dipped-galvanized-details.html...seriously, I wouldn't sweat 1/8".

I screwed the link up. https://www.nailgundepot.com/8crd113hdg-2-3-8-x-113-ring-shank-hot-dipped-galvanized-details.html
 

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You need a Harbor Freight Palm nailer with depth control. You won't be driving those nails home. The siding has to expand and contract so it just hangs on the nails. It would be nice to have a cordless palm nailer so you don't have to drag a hose around but I don't see one with depth control. Don't think you will find any other type of nail gun that has depth control.


Don't drive those nails home.
 

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You need a Harbor Freight Palm nailer with depth control. You won't be driving those nails home. The siding has to expand and contract so it just hangs on the nails. It would be nice to have a cordless palm nailer so you don't have to drag a hose around but I don't see one with depth control. Don't think you will find any other type of nail gun that has depth control.


Don't drive those nails home.
Working for habitat I get the joy of using multiple brands and types of roofing, siding, framing and finish nailers on a daily basis, some brand new, most older.....and I’ve not had a single one that didn’t allow for depth control, some via dial, some via Allen wrench setting, but virtually all able to be adjusted. As to driving the nails, both the LP rep that I spoke with and the lp website indicated that driving the head of the nail flush with the product surface is just fine....providing that it isn’t driven BELOW surface.
 
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