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

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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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Can I flatten nails from house siding?

I'm doing some work on the inside of an exterior wall. It's covered in nails from the siding on the outside. I know you're not supposed to flatten these kinds of nails when used in roofing. Is it ...
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Should I use screws or nails to hang 19/32" thick t1-11 panels indoors? [closed]

I'm installing 19/32" thick T1-11 panels as interior walls against wood studs. I'm unsure whether it would be easier/better to use ring shank nails in a nail gun, or screws. Some of my concerns: The ...
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How to remove nails with heads cut off?

Yes, I know I can go to the big box store and buy lumber. That is not the point of this question. I have some boards that have the nail heads removed, leaving the nail flush with the surface of the ...
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How should I seal exposed nails on the roof of an addition?

We recently added a gable portico / overhang at our front door as part of a renovation. We used the same architectural shingles as the rest of the roof to make it seamless. However when the guys did ...
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Nail Gun Recommendations - dado rail into brick/mortar [closed]

I've just finished fitting MDF dado rail to one of the rooms in my house, broadly speaking it all went ok with one hitch. I was using these panel pins + a hammer, which were fine for the walls which ...
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Fence to Fence Post Gap, Fix a Leaning Fence

There is a big gap (at least 3") between the new fence at one side and old fence at perpendicular side. As you can see in the pic, the old fence is not connecting to the new fence post. Whoever ...
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Difficulty in driving a nail through with a nail setter

I've been pulling the carpet up and getting the nails out from where the carpet tack strips were nailed to original wood flooring, but about a half dozen are now headless. I watched several tutorials ...
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What hard material is behind the plaster on interior walls in my 1920s apartment?

I moved into an old (c. 1920s) rental apartment building in the northeastern US (Philadelphia) and would like to hang pictures and secure some furniture. I tried putting nails in several places ...
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Wood filler or glue for small fracture after nailing?

I stupidly neglected to pre-drill a hole before nailing into a thin bit of wood, causing a small (hairline, inch each way) split. I believe it needs only a cosmetic repair - and it would be hard to ...
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is there a way to nail hardwood floor where ceiling meets floor at 45 degree angle

I am putting in hardwood flooring in a room that has a sloping ceiling that meets the floor at 45 degrees. It's not very useful space, and at some point I will build a knee wall and storage cabinets ...
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What are the differences between pneumatic nail types like “smooth” and “ring” for house framing?

I'm getting my material list together to frame a house and am a bit confused by all the similar looking pneumatic nails which all have a slightly different wording/features and different prices, ...
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Is there some easy way to remove paper tape from gun-driven nails after installation?

I am in the midst of a siding project. I'm securing my siding using a Paslode CF325XP cordless 30° Paper-Tape nail gun. The nails I'm using are 3 in. x 0.120" Galvanized Ring Shank Paper Tape Framing ...
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How to remove these nails (no access to head)?

Installing closet doors. Had to knock these guys out of the way (first image). Realized after doing that the magical hidden nails are sticking out. Didn't expect that. Thoughts on how to get rid of ...
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screws, bolts or nails for ground level deck framing

Following up framing for ground level deck I'm putting 2x8 for framing of the ground-level deck, it is a floating deck, i.e. not attached to the house. So, 2x8 joists will be sitting around perimeter ...
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Name of this shelf support with plastic head and two nails

This shelf support is a rectangular plastic head on two unequal nails. What's the name of this thing at the producers? Or the name that can be used on Google to find this thing. The size of the head ...
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Finishing nails won't penetrate wood

I have a support beam for my bed that broke off recently and needs to be replaced (I've highlighted the beam in yellow in the picture below). Two of the four original finishing nails have snapped off. ...
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Nail sticking out other side of wooden door - how do I remove the sharp end?

I've hammered two nails into a wooden door and approx. 2mm (the sharp ends) are sticking out the other side. What's the best/easiest way to take the ends off the nails? Thanks in advance, Stephen
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Why do screws have lower shear strength than nails?

I read up on when to use nails and when to use screws. Part of what I learned is that screws have lower shear strength as can be seen in this video. It can be seen by just applying common sense, how ...
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Why am I hard pressed to find framing nails that meet code at my local retailers?

I'm specifically talking about collated framing nails for a pneumatic nailer. For example, the IRC calls for 16d common nails (3-1/2" length, 0.162" shank) all over its fastening schedules. Clearly a ...
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Are nails okay for flooring the attic?

Our attic has foam insulation and is fully encapsulated. As part of this project, we removed all of the old cellulose insulation above the ceiling, so now there's nothing between the attic joists ...
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What nails or screws to use to support 600 pounds max? Making tree house bed

Im making this for my kids. I will post the video so you guys can watch it, and have an idea what im talking about. Just watch the video until minute 2:50 because thats all im doing. The rest will be ...
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asphalt shingles ridge nail placement

Where are the nails suppose to go on the asphalt shingles on the ridge of the roof? Below/On/Above the tar line? What have you personally see people do? So I take my 3 tab asphalt shingle and cut ...
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Nail gun and curled nails

I've never owned or used pneumatic tools, but recently I thought it would make a good addition to my tools. I bought an 18ga nail gun and 2" 18ga nails. When I used it to nail together 1/2" plywood ...