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.