Typical length of siding nails...

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Old 10-05-10, 06:54 AM
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Typical length of siding nails...

Hello. I'm in the process of replacing 4 pieces of siding. I took one piece loose so I can take it over to the local lumber/hardware store to order 4 more pieces. The nails they used are 2" long.
I plan on trying to re-use the nails, but in the event I damage one, should I buy the same length,
or something shorter? It just seems 2" is overkill, but then again, I know nothing about vinyl installation....except how to take a piece off and put it back up

Just curious what the general consensus is on siding nail length.

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Andy
 
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Depends on what the nail is going through. Foam? Plywood? Studs? All three?

2" is probably an average length roofing nail to use.
 
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re: typical lenght of siding nails...

I'm not real sure what it's going through. When I pulled one of the pieces of vinyl siding back, I could see the material it was attached to
was black, and it was kind of "fibrous" (it didn't look or feel like wood). I guess I'll just stick with the 2" nails then.

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I wouldn't go any shorter on the assumption the original installer knew what he was doing, which is usually the case
 
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That's seems like sound advice (although I did find at least one nail that appeared to have been just nailed in at random and wasn't sunk into a stud).

From what I've read, you should only nail the vinyl into a stud so that it stays in place. Makes sense to me. And I'll be sure and leave a 1/4" "slack" on either end for expansion.

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Yeah, good point - the slack is important with vinyl
 
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