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2X12 is great, 3/4" plywood would be easier to handle and to drill through when you need to. Chalk your plate line where the wall will go on the room side, rip your plywood to go to the basement wall and 1/4" shy of the chalk line. That way when you set your upper plate you can still see the line to accurately set your wall. To answer your question, using ...


The issue with decks is that they are outdoors, which means they will tend to expand and contract a lot with moisture and temperature changes. This will cause nails to come loose. The best thing to use is a bolt and washer design, because it can be made to flex naturally. Since it would be time-consuming and costly to bolt down every single board on the ...


Not the best answer, but: Use screws on the top boards where people will be walking barefoot. Every kid has had a wicked gash from nails (naturally) poking up a bit. Use big a** nails to attach your cross beams to your main structure. Nails are only good at holding against a shear, i.e. nails should always be (and only be) parallel with the ground. Use ...


Agreed, use screws. Nails will pull out, and the shrink/swell cycle as the wood dries then gets wet then dries again can work the nails out of the holes, and make the holes slightly looser. Screws can't be pushed back out. They'd have to be twisted out, and the lengthwise force on the flat helical edge of the thread from tightening the screw down will remain ...


Screws hold better over time, so are preferable. Use a long (3") exterior grade screw and you'll be fine. I'd avoid stainless as they're expensive and sometimes brittle. If the underlying joists are in rotten shape, come back and ask about them.


Nailguns are generally used on plywood by people who need to set thousands of nails. When you are doing a small project, a hammer is a better idea. On good quality stairs, oak is used for the treads, one of the reasons being that it does not split readily. Also, good quality treads are tennoned into the risers, front and back, which binds them and prevents ...


Yes...drill a pilot hole. Tiny drill bit.


Predrill, and also probably use a hammer, not a nailgun, for this piece.

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