I am going to use this type of siding for my front
I am not sure what is the best way to install it, should I use nails or screws? what type? what size?
I am thinking for 8x3 deck screw?
Do I need special tool? like nail gun etc or it can be done manually?
Thanks a lot.
You say you are thinking of using deck screws and then ask if you need nail
gun. You do know that a nail gun is for nails, not screws, right?
Assuming you are going to use screws, there's no way you want to it
"manually". You want a powered driver like you asked for in your other
thread. However, the screw heads will be more visible than nails. I've used
screws with Smart Side and they definitely show more than nails would.
Nails can certainly be done manually - it's been done that way for
centuries - but you might want to consider renting a nail gun.
On Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:36:31 AM UTC-4, leza wang wrote:
Maybe it's just me, but when I have a new product I'm not familiar
with, I read the manufacturer's installation instructions....
They talk about using nails, no mention of screws. I would think
the issue with screws would be they take more work, cost more,
are more difficult to hide and don't offer any compelling advantage.
There is also a lot more there about how it to correctly install
it besides fastening.
On Monday, July 22, 2013 11:36:31 PM UTC-5, leza wang wrote:
am not sure what is the best way to install it, should I use nails or scre
ws? what type? what size? I am thinking for 8x3 deck screw? http://www.home
depot.ca/product/8x3-green-deck-screws-1-500-pieces/957466 Do I need specia
l tool? like nail gun etc or it can be done manually? Thanks a lot.
Don't use abbreviations like PL adhesive, Leza need to have things spelled
out so there is no misunderstanding. I'm not even sure what PL adhesive is
. and I've owned sever houses and do a LOT of repairs myself. Last outside
r we had in our house for any type of repairs or appliance installation was
25 years ago
I wouldn't even consider screws. If you apply them with a power tool,
they will likely go in too deep in some places and leave ugly holes.
You could put them in by hand if you want to do a lot of work, and that
way you can control the depth. But screws will be more noticable.
If this was my job, I'd use gavanized nails, probably a 6 penny size,
and drive them in by hand with a hammer, which will yield the best
results. Power nailers can tend to drive nails in too deep just like
screws, or not deep enough, which will require using a hammer to fix. I
may be old fashioned, but those are small nails and not that hard to
Since that siding appears to be pre-finished, do they make a colored
nail for it, to match the color? I'd ask about that. But galvanized
nails wont be all that bad of a look either. And maybe you'll still
paint the finished wall????
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