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Small typically metal spikes; usually driven by hammers or nail guns, used to fasten objects together.

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What should I do with my wood countertop edge strips, in preparation for laminate installation

I'm planning on replacing the laminate sheet on my kitchen countertops. I plan to use Formica, and their IdealEdge edging for the sides. These laminate edges are kinda precision, with the goal being ...
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Are nail pops in drywall a sign of structural concerns?

I’ve been noticing more and more mail pops throughout our home. Not sure if they are actually “ongoing” or I just notice them more. I see a lot like the picture below where the nail isn’t protruding ...
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Brad nailer will shoot shorter nails, but not longer ones

I have a Porter Cable PCC790 battery powered 18 gauge brad nailer. It will reliably shoot 1-1/2 nails. However, when I try to shoot 2" nails (its max nail length) is consistently fails (very ...
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Floor supported by nails, is it structurally sound?

Each time I look under this floor it bugs me; how can so few nails support an entire floor? Is this standard construction practice? It is an 80s house in Canada. New pictures to satisfy your ...
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How to remove door threshold

I have solid wood door thresholds that I would like to remove without damaging if possible. However, due to the way they've been fitted I can't see a way to remove them without cutting them. They ...
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Is this a tool? Or a nail?

Got this at a yard sale in a bin with mostly random fasteners. Its about 3" long. It has a tip like a nail but a dipped-looking rubberized coating. Any ideas what this could be for? Someone ...
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How to mount a WiFi router on wall without using nails?

My landlord isn't allowing me to make holes on the wall, and my WiFi router on ground is not giving much coverage. So is there any way I can mount a WiFi router to the wall, a little bit above the ...
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Used coated sinkers in shed frame

I'm building a 10x14 shed with pressure-treated 2x4 frames. I just finished the frames when I realized that the nails I used - 12d 3 1/8" coated sinkers, are not recommended for use in pressure-...
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Is it safe to remove old rusty nails from a wooden beam?

During the renovation of our old house I uncovered a load-bearing beam which has a lot of old rusty nails just sticking out of it. By "a lot" I mean that there are around 50 nails in random ...
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How to fasten/glue plywood flooring to joists

I am in Indonesia, and have constructed a small mezzanine approximately 2.7m x 4.4m, 2.5m off the ground (roof is steeply vaulted, so there is still headroom). Construction is hardwood (bengkirai) ...
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Paslode Impulse IM65 F16 Nailer's fan operation during normal use

Will the fan on a Paslode Impulse IM65 F16 Nail gun spin (whir) when the nail gun's firing muzzle is pressed against the surface to be nailed, if there is no fuel cell installed? In other words, does ...
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Remove stubborn deck nails

I pried off some deckboards and the nails stayed in the joists. I want to replace the boards, so I need to remove the nails (yes, I could cut them, but I'm curious how to remove them :) ). Using the ...
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How do I know it is safe to hammer a nail into thin wood?

My wife purchased a wooden sign with our infant's name in a cursive font. The wood is 1/2" deep (front-to-back), and the letters are about 1" wide in most places. I've been tasked with ...
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Remove Masonry Nails from Concrete floor

How do I remove these masonry nails attached to basement concrete floor? It would be great if the nail can be removed fully since I plan to hang a door over that. Thanks in advance. Here is the ...
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How to choose a weekend warrior's finishing nail gun?

BACKGROUND I am not planning to use it with any regularity, just when maintenance projects come up. 15 residences are maintained: ranging from 20-50 years in age. My next project will involve nailing ...
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Removing deck frame attached to siding

I'm in the process of removing an old deck attached to my house in an effort to replace it with stairs and a paver patio. I've gotten most of it torn down and removed, but I'm wondering what the best ...
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How to hang a canvas art using these nails?

Just received my canvas wall art, and it came with the following parts: I have never in my life seen that kind of wall hanging kit. What are those nails? They seem unnecessarily thick... What are ...
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Reuse nail holes when replacing oak trim

I removed some trim boards and I used the technique of pulling the nail through the wood to avoid splintering the finished face (instead of pounding the nails back out). This resulted in the heads of ...
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How to hang a frame with a sawtooth hanger from a wall?

This might be a 2 part question so I can break it out into two parts if needed. How do I hang a frame with a sawtooth hanger onto a wall with a nail? Can I use a screw and anchor on the wall to hang ...
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Why does Simpson Strong Tie require nails that would protrude beyond the rafter they're penetrating?

Why does Simpson Strong Tie require 2-1/2" nails for the H2.5A connector when the rafter is only 1-1/2 inches thick? The nails into the rafter protrude 1". The requirement is listed in the ...
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Are Construction Screws equivalent to a framing nails?

I am not asking for opinions or what is better than the other. I am looking for literature with data that shows the specifications and guidance on how to compare them with each other on a performance ...
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Shed roof protruding nails

We just paid a contractor to improve our Dutch barn shed. The old nails did not show thru to the inside. However, after replacing the 3 walls and the door and the roof ALL of the nails are protruding ...
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How to remove Onduline roofing nails?

Our Onduline roof is overdue for replacement and leaking, but what's the easiest way to remove the old roof? Some of it has screws but most of it uses the capped Onduline nails. They seem to be very ...
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Nail Gun types (nomenclature)?

I would like a nail gun for nailing door trim hardy board panel Do I need two different nail guns? If yes, what are the two different types? I need the correct names of the types (nomenclature) so ...
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What can I do about roofing and framing nail 'shiners' under eaves?

I had new roof decking installed the installers missed the rafters under the eaves, in many places. So I have these like 3" nails sticking down visibly under the eaves. In the attached photo ...
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Why are there nails only half way in, in my garage?

I'm going to be painting my garage walls this weekend as part of a project to turn it into a home gym. As I'm working on the walls, I noticed a lot of nails that are halfway in. Is this on purpose? ...
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Should loose underlayment nails be driven in or removed?

When installing vinyl sheet you should not allow nails etc to be sticking out because these will show in the floor. When taking up the old floor you will often find nails are sticking out. How did ...
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How can I flatten a warped board on a picnic table?

As seen in picture, one of the pieces of wood is sticking up. The top panels are secured by nails that go through the perpendicular supports. I tried hammer the top of this wood panel back into the ...
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How do I remove plastic-headed wiring staples?

I have this type of wire staple in my attic holding wires together in certain places but I need to move the wires. How do I remove these?
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How do I attach twist straps to rafters along the top plate?

I live in a 1950's cape house with a finished attic. The rafters are nominally 2x6. I want to refinish the attic with better insulation and called in a structural engineer to make sure the roof is ...
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Is there a test to determine if a nail is galvanized or not?

I bought a nailer which came with some old nails that I'm going to use for a shed floor into pressure treated wood. As you can see, they kinda look galvanized. They have that grey patina. But other ...
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Do 8d nails come in different lengths?

From what I can tell, 8 Penny nails are 2 1/2" long. Charts on the internet back this up. But I was looking at the nailing guide for this hurricane tie on homedepot.com and it specifies two ...
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Framers installed shear walls, seismic hardware, and the entire roof with the wrong nails. What now?

I hired a framing crew to frame a new home in Anchorage, Alaska. When they were done I found that most of the nailing on the shear panels and seismic hardware was done incorrectly. Many of the shear ...
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Is there such a thing as a combination floor nailer and finish nailer?

Last time I installed engineered hardwood, the subfloor was concrete and I floated the floor. For my current project, there's a plywood subfloor so I'd like to nail it down. However I don't have a ...
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Do I need to remove cap nails before re-roofing?

If I have existing decking with old tar paper that I want to remove the tar paper and install synthetic underlayment, do I need to remove all existing cap nails in addition to the tar paper or can I ...
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10d nail gun or # 8 screws

I have to do a one side 8ftx6” slab repair on 6 lower chords on my trusses. I can use 10dx3 nails or #8x3 screws. Do you think it would be better to use nail gun or screws?. I understand nails have ...
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How can I set these nails flush in my beadboard paneling?

The person who installed beadboard around our kitchen island didn’t countersink the nails. I bought a nail set from Home Depot and have been trying for the past hour to get the nail at least flush ...
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Nailing baseboards using nail gun on concrete wall

I’m installing some baseboards in a new apartment. I have glued some of them to the wall, but the results have been subpar. Now I’m wondering whether it would be possible to nail the baseboards to the ...
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What nail size for 1/2" bevel cedar siding?

I am replacing some bad sizing of the house using this siding https://www.dunnlumber.com/Store/ProductDetail.aspx?pg=2600&pl1=2418&pid=23649 SDG12616BVL Bevel Siding Cedar Aye/Clear Kiln ...
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Attach Deck Joists at 45° angle without Hangers

I'm building an octagonal freestanding deck and having trouble figuring out how to attach some 2x6 floor joists to a rim joist at a 45° angle without having to buy angled joist hangers for $6-$11 a ...
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Roofing nails through 95 year old tongue/groove soffits

I just had my 95 year old house painted and re-roofed. Is this acceptable? I’ve read that the nails need to be so long- but this is crazy! My shingles aren’t 95 years old- and didn’t have this problem ...
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detect nails under sheetrock

I lost my stud finder. I read where you can detect nails using a magnet suspended from a piece of string. It does not work. It does detect the metal strips where the walls intersect. Is there another ...
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Galvanized nails for ACQ treated lumber = must be hot dipped, or not?

We're having some construction done requiring treated soleplates on concrete slab. As such, galvanized nails were used. However, they don't appear to be hot-dipped. My understanding (going back ...
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Can I hammer nails in this type of brick?

I want to hang some pictures on the wall. The wall is made of porotherm bricks similar to this one: I have two options: drill some holes with a masonry drill bit, insert some plastic dowels and a ...
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Ceiling drywall nail rusted (new construction)

What would cause a nail to be rusted like this in the drywall ceiling of a new home (built 2019)? Is there anything specific I should request our builder to repair other than just painting over the ...
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What primer for bare wood stairs with nails showing

I'm painting the stairs going down to my basement that previously had carpet. After removing the carpet, they are like bare, new wood. Unfortunately, the treads were nailed with common nails (not ...
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How to get a flat-head nail out of a piece of wood?

I have a 1/4” (~6 mm) nail that someone put in a wooden bed frame that is 1/2” (12 mm) thick. The wood is hard (not soft) and the nail is flush with the wood in some parts, actually digging into the ...
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Framing nails: ring shank .120 vs smooth shank .131?

Building code calls for 3" x .131 nails for wall framing. I wanted to use ring shank which have a better hold, but I can't seem to find RS in .131. Whenever we go to RS, the diameter drops to .120. ...
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Stainless steel nails for roof?

Stainless steel nails for roofing is ~$1K premium. Assume that the commercial roof (self-storage building, with sloping roof) is on a Florida island, but not on the beach. What questions do I need ...
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What's the nail size for attaching 2x3 furring to joists?

I am installing 2x3 furring strips(16 oc) to joists in basement for hanging 5/8 drywall. Should I be using 10d or 12d or 16d nails? I guess 16d may be overkill. The joist are 4x10s with 48 inch oc. I ...
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