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Which nail gun for log cabin roofing

Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by iain3915, 16 Jan 2019.

  1. iain3915

    iain3915

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    I'm soon to build a log cabin and don't fancy manually nailing on all the roof boards - by my estimate it is about 500 nails! I would be nailing 18mm pine/spruce roofing boards into large pine/spruce purlins.

    Would something like this Roybi 16g nailer be "man enough" for the job, or are the nails not strong enough? https://uk.ryobitools.eu/power-tools/nailers-and-staplers/nailers/r18n16g/r18n16g-1/

    Any alternative suggestions?
     
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    i have that very nail gun and unfortunately you need a big head nail to be any good for pull out and they are small head T nails onley
     
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    Ideally a first fix nailer using offset full-head nails. A 15ga nailer might do the job at a pinch, but 15ga nails have far less pull-out resistance than 1st fix nails and I for one wouldn't trust them anywhere other than a very sheltered spot
     
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    Thanks Andy - I'll keep my eye out for a used version. Expensive for one job but hopefully I could recoup my money selling it on.
     
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    Just get something like a Fatmax High Velocity welded hammer.

    500 nails are nothing.
     
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    Would think nailer is more likely to split timber and if it does nail will be fully home and difficult to remove?
     
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