My pop and i built a pole barn 20 odd years ago that is still standing
tall. we used a metal (i think tin) roof that we hand nailed to the
purlins with the standard nail with a rubber ring around the head to
keep out water.
we are pricing out building another pole barn. this time, we are
going to use metal siding in addition to the metal roof. i am
considering purchasing a nail gun to do the job.
can a nail gun be used to install metal roof/siding?
how does the nail gun prevent applying too much force and crusing the
rib on the metal sheet being installed?
is a framing nailer or a different nail gun used?
direct experience is greatly appreciated!
On Mar 5, 5:52 pm, email@example.com wrote:
The crew that assembled my building a few years ago only used their
nail guns on structural components and anchoring wood to the concrete.
All the roofing and siding was done by hand, the crew claiming that it
offered far better control because of the variations in the underlying
wood members. When completed they went over the roof again and snugged
up a few potential leakers. They seemed to be very proud of their
titanium hammers on the job.
Some buildings use screws, but these tend to be located on flat parts
and not on the ribs.
Visitng some building sites would be very informative to see for
yourself what the best prctices are today.
On 5 Mar 2007 15:52:24 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I have built several pole barns and I have never seen any nailguns
setup for neoprene washer nails. I dont think they exist. You MUST
use washer nails. These days, most people use the screws with the
neoprene washers. Until last year I always used the nails just
because they are much cheaper than screws. But I built a shed and
decided that I night want to expand it in the future. Tin comes off
much easier with screws, so I used them. They go in quite easily with
a cordless drill-driver. Just keep lots of batteries in the charger,
and I recommend a corded drill for the times all the batteries wear
out. Use a cordless for the roof and a corded for the walls if you
must. Dealing with cords on a metal roof are a pain. One other
thing. Those screws are made to drill thru the tin, but one slip and
they will drill into your hands or other body parts. I did this, and
after a very painful experience, I learned to take an awl or strong
nail and punch the holes first.
On modern steel, you nail in the flats, NOT in the ribs. (especially
when using screws).
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