Narrow Crown Staplers and Shingles

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Topic by RJA posted 03-30-2011 12:34 AM 9088 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2011 12:34 AM

I started replacing the cedar shakes on my house last summer and it is one tedious job. I’ve got to finish it this summer and I’m thinking of using a pneumatic narrow crown stapler. I’d love to hear some advice for or against this approach.

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03-31-2011 03:55 PM

I’ve never used one, before, in this application, however, I would wonder if there is a high chance of the staple going right through the cedar.

I’ve used them to put up sheathing, staples almost go through it, so, i would say that if you do use it, test it out somewhere to get the settings right.

Would a roof nailer not be as good?

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Todd Thomas

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04-02-2011 02:45 PM

i agree with dfletcher on the roof nails….plus I have a box of PC crown staples here on my desk and it does say not for outdoor use on it, now I’m not saying that I haven’t used them outdoor and they have been fine…........you could use a finish nailer with galvanized nail as well…I’ve seen allot of siding guys do that with shakes…

just my 2 cents

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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04-03-2011 04:45 AM


Thanks for your input. I’ve read there are coated staples available for exterior use that are galvanized or zinc coated. I agree the roofing nailer would be a better choice. I was considering the stapler because it’s half the price and I’d have no use for the roofing nailer when this job is done.

I did use my 16 ga finish nailer to put on some shakes in the past but given the lack of a large head I banged in about a half dozen per shake. I thought the stapler was going to be the hot ticket. I guess I’ve got to consider breaking down and buying the roofing nailer. Thanks again for your comments.

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04-03-2011 08:31 PM

I have used narrow staples on shingles without any problems, your stapler should have a depth adjustment to prevent the staples from going any deeper than you want. Also the staples are covered by the following course of shingles so are not exposed to direct rainwater.

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04-04-2011 10:22 PM

Thanks Verdesardog. I’m going to buy one and give it a try. What’s the worst that can happen? I end up with a new tool!

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04-08-2011 05:10 AM

There is always Harbor Freight when we need a tool for one job. Sometimes you get way more than your money’s worth and it lasts for years, but usually it wil at least make it through one job.

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