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Using a nail gun for first fix roofing/carcassing

Discussion in 'Building' started by garyo, 23 Apr 2019.

  1. garyo

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    Just wondering really- Do you pro's all use nail guns building roofs, and would never considering using a hammer to drive 500x 100mm nails in? I'm starting to think I should buy one but wonder if I'm being naive and they could have as many problems as benefits?

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    I'd say yes, it's just so quick and no messing or bouncing.

    Also consider a different hammer - the Stanley Fatmax high velocity hammer - the longer one of the two (I can't recall the size). It makes a hell of a difference.
     
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    Framing hammers with the machined head are great too. Whack the nail at almost any angle and it goes in.
     
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    I would recommend fatmax (antivibe) hamer i love that thing. If i will need another one i will try Estwing hammer just because it has amazing reviews but is more pricey.
    You will feel noticable difference compared to standard hammers
     
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    Most pros will use guns. However paslodes, great though they are, do have issues, they tend to stick in cold weather etc. I have heard this issue is improved on new models. And they are £500.

    Its best to use paslode nails not alternatives which tend to stick.
     
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    I have first/second fix paslode's (And the very early black one) but if I were buying nail guns today It would it would be dewalt. No non firing/servicing issues they just work as long as you have a charged battery or they are ****ed. With paslode you get to a point where you "hope" it's going to fire.
    Anyway, I not sure driving 500 nails warrants the use of a nail gun though. And a hand driven 4" galvanised nail takes some pulling out. Much more than a gun driven nail.
     
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    Thanks guys. Its the dewalt DCN692 I've been looking at actually. It's not cheap at ~£350 for an as-new second hand one, but I figure I'd get most of my money back selling it in a couple of years anyway.

    I'd not considered that a better hammer would make that much difference so I'll have a look at those. As a DIY'er I'm also conscious of the amount of noise hammering makes (during the evening and weekends), whereas the impact guns seem quieter 'phuuuht' when I see them on YouTube. Is that true in real life?
     
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    Did my roof using a 20 year old hammer from Halfords. Hard going. Wish I’d thought of getting a better one too :LOL:
     
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    Gas is loud batteries are quieter.
    I have a bostich battery ist fix nail gun and its a great compared to my other gas gun.
     
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