How To Use A Siding Nailer With An Air Compressor

If you’re looking to install siding on your home or any other project that requires attaching wood panels, then you may want to consider using a siding nailer. Siding nailers use nails that are specifically designed for use with wood siding, and they can be a great tool to help you complete your project quickly and efficiently. However, if you’ve never used a siding nailer before, you may be unsure of how to use one. In this article, we’ll cover the basics of how to use a siding nailer with an air compressor.

Step 1: Choose the Right Nail Size and Type

Before you can use a siding nailer with an air compressor, you need to make sure you have the right nails for the job. Siding nailers typically use nails that are between 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches in length and have a shank diameter of 0.090 to 0.099 inches. You should also consider the nail’s coating to ensure it’s corrosion-resistant and designed for exterior use. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines for the recommended nail size and type.

Step 2: Prepare the Siding and the Nail Gun

Next, you’ll need to prepare the siding and the nail gun. Make sure the siding is clean and free of debris, and position it in place. Then, connect the air compressor hose to the nail gun’s air inlet and set the air pressure to the recommended level. Many siding nailers have a depth adjustment feature that allows you to control how deeply the nail is driven into the wood. Adjust the depth control to match the thickness of the siding and ensure that the nail is driven flush with the surface.

Step 3: Load the Nail Gun

Before you can start nailing, you need to load the nail gun with nails. Depending on the model, this may involve sliding a strip of nails into the magazine or loading nails one-by-one. Be sure to consult the manufacturer’s instructions to properly load the nail gun. Once the gun is loaded, adjust the nail gun’s position to ensure that the nail is being driven at the correct angle, typically 15 or 16 degrees for siding nailers.

Step 4: Start Nailing

With the nail gun loaded and ready to go, it’s time to start nailing. Hold the nail gun firmly and press the safety tip against the wood siding. Squeeze the trigger to fire the nail. Once the nail is driven, release the trigger and move the nail gun to the next spot. It’s essential to keep a steady hand and maintain a consistent pace to avoid splitting the wood and to ensure even placement of the nails.

Step 5: Finish Up

Once you’ve completed your nailing, inspect the siding to ensure that all the nails are flush with the surface. If any nails have not been driven in fully, use a nail set and hammer to drive the nail in until it’s flush with the surface. Clean up any debris from the project site and disconnect the air compressor from the nail gun.


Using a siding nailer with an air compressor can make the installation of wood siding a quick and straightforward process. By following the steps above and using the recommended nail size and type, you can complete your project efficiently and effectively. Be sure to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and safety guidelines to ensure a successful and safe installation.


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