Of all the crap and gizmos I have I do not have any air tools!
<head hanging low in shame>
Planning on picking up a general use compressor like the Porter Cable.
In the future I will likely be doing a roof. I usually just hand nail
since I never did an entire house in one shot. So a roofing nailer will probably
in the future as well. I could rent one but that forces hurrying to get
Thought is if I just buy one of those econo Harbor Freight ones and it
lasts the job it'll cost less than renting more than a few days.
Not knowing air tool details, I need some "look for"s and "look out
for"s. What I've picked up so far from nosing around the Harbor Freight
website is these coil roofing nailers vary. They have one for $89/$99.
Says it needs 2.5 CFM @ 90 PSI which is about the Porter Cable output of
like 2.6 @90 PSI. Connector is 1/4''- 18 NPT. Standard?
They showed another, but MAGNESIUM COIL ROOFING NAILER, on sale for $99
Would guess it's better for a couple of reasons but noticed air
requirement is much much higher at 17. Saw a different one with air req
at 11. Why these big differences?
Some say 10 gauge. Others say 11 gague . The product spec sheets say
'0.12" (Approximately'. Is there some standard to look for here so you
don't have o get the crappy Harbor Freight nails? I see they are listed
as zinc coated vs galvanized.
Help me out with some basics here. Thanks!
while rolling down an embankment or roof (not
recommended, though). That's about the upper range for oil-free hand-carry
jobsite compressors. We used to run 2 roofing guns off of a
Campbell-Hausfeld of about the same size quite easily.
Have you looked into the rental prices in your area? Don't buy junky tools.
If money is the issue, just rent or borrow. You'll probably spend half of
what you would on a new piece of junk, and the headache factor will be
Trust me, you'll want to get the project over with as soon as possible
anyway. The quicker the new roof is on, the fewer times you'll have to tarp
it off and worry about rain. Plus, roofing in the summer sucks.
As far as what to put in your gun, you'll need to read the boxes of nails or
the instructions for the gun. Both should mention which nails work with
For asphalt shingles, Michigan Residential Code (2003) requires fasteners
(nails) to be galvanized steel, stainless steel, aluminum, or copper,
minimum 12 gage shank, minimum 3/8" head, and of sufficient length to
penetrate the sheathing a minimum of 3/4" (19.1 mm) or through the thickness
of the sheathing, whichever is less.
Check with your local building inspector if you're unsure of the
requirements in your area.
The last time I did a roof I used my old Sears pancake compressor
and it worked just fine. I don't remember what brand of nailer I
was using as it was at church and not mine. One tip I want to pass
on - the best way I found to actually nail was to hold the trigger
and tap the roof with the nose of the nailer where I wanted to put
the nail. The gun I had had the trigger/nose sensor interlock, and
when we tried to do the obvious way of putting the nose where we
wanted to put the nail and pulling the trigger, more often than not
we wound up with two nails at the same location because the gun
bounced enough firing to fire again before we could let off of the
trigger.So instead of putting the nose on the roof to "arm" the
nailer and pulling the trigger to "fire" the nail, we did it
backwards. We held the trigger to "arm" the nailer, and "fired"
the nail by tapping where we wanted it to go. Just as safe and
If you are only going to use it once I use the eBay "rental" program. Buy a
very good condition Bostitch or other high end tool, do the job and put it
back up on eBay. Did this with a flooring stapler, bought for $360, did my
floors, sold for $311. Tried it with a Bostitch roofing nailer to do my new
shop three years ago but never got around to selling it. Just did my barn
with it last month. Keeping it until I reroof the house this fall.
Bostitch nail coils in Home Depot just vary by length.
I'm not saying Harbor Freight is super well consctructed, but I bought
a framing nailer last year and build a very large garage/shop with it
and then a toolshed. It worked flawlessly and I'm keeping it. For the
roof I bought a bostich coiled nailer cause I started hand nailing it
and it took forever. I couldn't order the HF and get it in time with
the time I had off from work to finish it, so I bought the bostich. It
worked well and jammed every once in a while (normal I would suspect).
It cost a lot more than the HF and for a job or two I would have just
bought the HF roofing nailer had I to do it again $90 v. $260.
Al Bundy wrote:
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote in
PSI. Connector is 1/4''- 18 NPT. Standard?
I have seen on a couple of ng's about people who bought HF stuff and had
decent luck with it. I'm sure there are a lot of "junk" stories too.
But I guess it's how you look at it. If you know you are only gonna need it
for a couple of projects and are pretty sure not again and it cost's less
than renting under the timeline gun I guess you take a chance. If you get
lucky and it lasts longer than that then that's a freebie. That's the way I
would look at a HF purchase.
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