I am about to install aluminum soffit and facia on my house. I saw that Lowes has a Hitachi 18 gauge Pneumatic Brad Nailer on sale. Is this what I would need to install soffit? If not, what would I need?
18g brads are pretty small. I just finished installing wood soffit, fascia and trim. I don't own a trim nailer, so I used the brad nailer to hold the 1/4 round in place until I banged in 8d finishing nails. The soffit got nails with heads, 8d and 10d. Fascia got 10d finish nails.
I've never installed aluminum, but it seems like it would need a nail with a head, since there's little to no friction/grip on the shank of the nail.
Another vote for a hammer and nails. One of the biggest mistakes that people make with trim, in my opinion, is to place the nails too close together, or nail it too tight. Various building materials, wood, vinyl, aluminum, etc. expand and contract at various rates, so although fastened together, need to to be able to float a bit. Use a hammer and nail, and drive the nail so that it holds but does not distort anything. Unless you do it for a living, that's hard to do while standing on a ladder, holding trim in place with one hand, a nailer in the other hand, and trying not to get wrapped up in an air hose.
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