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

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Efficiently removing nailed down subflooring

There has been creaking in some areas of the second floor in my older home. I tried out the simple fix of screwing down the floor sheathing (they're actually some kind of particle board it seems). ...
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what is the nail size i can use when it says 2-1/8 -inch Brad Nailer Kit?

I have a nail gun that has this label 2-1/8 -inch Brad Nailer Kit does that mean i can use 2 inch to 1/8 inch nails? i know that measures start from smaller to larger e.g. 1 inch to 3 inch not sure ...
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How to mount a key holder with a sawtooth hanger on the back?

I have this small wooden decorative key hanger with two hooks on the front (back side pictured below): It has a sawtooth hanger on the back. I have been mounting it with a couple of nails (e.g. as ...
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How to remove 18ga nails successfully

I used 18ga nails to temporarily fix a bookcase together with my nail gun so I can predrill and screw together. I have since unscrewed and knocked it back apart so that I can fill, paint and then glue ...
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How to replace blocking behind shower valve?

To fix a shower leak we cut out the drywall and the blocking behind the shower valve so as not to disturb the tiles inside the shower. After replacing the shower valve, we're left with some nails and ...
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How to attach cat shelves to cement wall that already has nail heads

Whoever owned my home before me put some nails in the mortar between what look like cinderblocks of some kind in my basement. Hence they're stuck pretty securely. I expect they could hold a lot of ...
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How to properly plug nail holes in roof shingling?

During last winter's rain storms, we had an issue with significant moisture in our attic (dripping water). Therefore, a roofing company nailed an emergency tarp to the roof to cover the affected area. ...
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What is this on my ceiling?

1931 home. Had a few indentions that started last summer and now a few more have appeared. All in a straight line. The spots don’t seem wet but they are flexible (can push in, and if I push hard ...
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Cutting protruding nails between roof and angled ceiling

I'd like to insulate ceiling under the small attic-like part of the house. The problem is, that from the inside, long nails have been driven through the wood planks of the ceiling, protruding into the ...
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Reinstalling curtain rod after wallpapering

I am having wallpaper hung in a room that has drapes. I'll take the rod/brackets down to have it done but how do I reinstall the brackets if I lose the holes? Should I patch the holes before the ...
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Should I use glue when building a panel frame?

There's a structural pillar made with 2x4s in my middle of my room that I have turned into a light and encased the sides in prime pine. This pillar will be bumped and shoulder-brushed all the time. In ...
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How do I remove and reinstall baseboards nailed on steel framing? [closed]

I need help with removing skirting boards. I have no problem pulling it off and no damage wall when pulling off from timber framing, but this is the first job that I came across that skirting board ...
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Does this air compressor fits this nail gun minimum requirements?

I want to buy a nail gun for framing job (mainly holding the frame to the concrete floor) I have never used a nail gun before I found this one https://www.homedepot.ca/product/freeman-pneumatic-34-...
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How can I remove this fastener?

I am trying to relocate the electrical junction box mounted on concrete wall, and there is a fastener that does not have screw head. It looks nail but with washer underneath which I have not seen ...
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Why are nails showing in my attic after new roof was installed?

I live in Northwestern Florida (Crestview), and I never go in my attic during the summer because it's tooo hot. In July we got a new roof and solar panels. I had to go in the attic to retrieve ...
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Dry lined walls crumbling when trying to put a nail into the wall

Whenever I paint my walls the paint underneath peels off--like wallpaper, but it was only paint. I’ve now tried to attach things to the walls and then I do the wall crumbles away down to the brick. I ...
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How to remove small nails from Homasote?

I have a Homasote underlayment. The small nail heads holding it down are deeper than the surface of that Homasote so it’s hard to get a grip on them. Should I just give up on the nails and use a ...
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Is it ok that a roofing nail is in a gap between sheathing boards?

There is a dangling nail in the new shingle roof I had installed. Will it be okay?
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How do I fix popped nails in hardwood floors?

Two nails in my hardwood flooring keep popping up: I have knocked them back in, but because of a bit of flex in the floor, they work their way back up. What should I do about them? Is it best to just ...
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How can I remove 16GA finish nails from hardwood boards (to reuse the boards)?

I temporarily nailed decorative 1x4 poplar boards on the ceiling of our foyer after ripping out part of the plaster between floor joists when doing a bathroom remodel above it. I put the boards up ...
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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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What is this sharpened steel rod with rubber coating?

Got this at a yard sale in a bin with mostly random fasteners. Its about 3" long. It is very similar to a standard framing nail in diameter, if not slightly less. It has a tip like a nail but a ...
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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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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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