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

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Is there a case where nails are better than screws, from an engineering/structural standpoint?

Is there a case where nails are better than screws, from a structural standpoint? For instance: Say you used screws instead of nails on a backyard deck, when the design specifically called for nails. ...
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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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Should I use nails or screws for hanging drywall on the ceiling?

I'm replacing water-damaged drywall on my ceiling and was considering using screws. Other than cost, is there any other reason I should use nails instead? Or am I too paranoid that nails won't have ...
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How to drive a nail in a confined space?

I keep finding myself needing to hammer nails in places where my hammer is too long to actually make the hammer head contact the nail. This isn't a situation where I need the leverage provided by the ...
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Should I use nails or screws to refasten my subfloor to the joists?

My subfloor is squeaky, and there's a small window of opportunity I'll have to fasten it down before/during my carpet being replaced. I have available to me a nice corded drill, and an air-powered ...
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Why did they hammer nails in half way and bent them over to secure supports?

In my 1950s house they hammered nails in half way and bent them over to secure the supports to the beam. Why was this technique used?
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Why do many construction projects leave so many nails behind?

I just had a significant amount of work done on my house and the contractors left lots of nails scattered around my yard. I have a two-part question: Is this typical? If it's typical, why is it the ...
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How can I remove large nails from cement?

I am redoing the flooring in my basement and removed a built-in toy chest. I disassembled the chest and the floor 2x4's are attached to the cement with large nails. If I had to guess on gauge I'd say ...
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I modified a nail-in electrical box to use screws instead of nails. Is there some code that prevents that?

Ever since I dove into the electrical side of things with my project, I've encountered a bunch of code restrictions. One thing that wouldn't surprise me if it was a violation of code is what I've ...
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How do I remove floorboard nails from joists?

How do I remove floorboard nails from joists? The nails are ~3-4mm diameter with no heads. I've tried claw-hammer and wrecking bar with no success because without nail-heads, I cannot get purchase. ...
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Why should I use advanced nails instead of wood screws for strength?

Recently I found that there're some superior nails for constructing hurricane-resistant houses - with very clever design for preventing pulling the nails out and tearing the boards off when the ...
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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 ...
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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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Which nails should I use for shoe molding installation?

I'm about to install shoe molding all over my house. The baseboards are hung for carpet, but we're replacing the carpet with vinyl. So I have a pretty good sized gap to cover. I'll probably use 11/16 ...
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What nails to use for PT wood?

I'm re-framing my first floor and using PT wood everywhere where there is a possibility of area being flooded. PT wood is your typical 2x4(s) from Home Depot MCA - micronized copper azole ...
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Are off-brand framing nails compatible with my Craftsman nailer?

I have a Craftsman Clipped Head Angle Framing Nailer (28 degrees) Model No. 351.181790. They don't appear to stock the specific nails for this gun anymore. Which according to the manual are: 18351 -...
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How do I frame a 2“ (1.5”) thick wall?

How would you put up/frame a wall where the 2x4 studs are turned flat to make the wall 2" thick? One especially tricky thing is that (it seems that) all nails must be toenailed since a 3.5" long 16d ...
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Ramset nails not flush with basement frame wall

I built my first wall in my basement when I started to frame and I bought the Ramset MasterShot 0.22 gun from Home Depot and read up on everything and when I used it to nail my treated 2x4 to the ...
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Rebuilding an exterior deck is it better to use screws or nails?

I have a deck that is old and falling apart so it is time to replace it. To replace the deck boards I plan to remove existing, measure boards, cut new board and put the same size and board back into ...
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How do I nail furring strips without them cracking?

While remodeling my basement, I had several walls where I just put up furring strips and foam insulation rather than framing in a "real" wall. I used 1x2 furring strips and attached them with a ...
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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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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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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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How do I fix a Bostitch nail gun that is jammed?

I have a Bostitch nail gun (pneumatic) and it has been working fine all day until about 30 minutes ago. I went to nail in a piece of molding, and when I pulled the trigger I heard air feed into ...
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Want to cover up nail points in attic ceiling

I'm in the attic every so often to store empty boxes and I'm planning to do some wiring (non electrical) so I'm afraid that I might stand up and have nails through my head. My plan isn't to cover the ...
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How do I properly nail two 2x4's at a 90 degree angle?

Nail the horizontal 2x4 into the vertical 2x4 about 1/4 of the way down from the top of the vertical 2x4, so they are at a 90 degree angle. The way I've been nailing this scenario is to just nail ...
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Can I use roofing nails to attach OSB/plywood to studs?

My roofing nails are for nailing asphalt shingles to roof underlay boards. I have been using 2.5 inch nails to nail external wall OSBs to the studs. I have been contemplating using the excess roofing ...
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Hurricane ties installed using joist hanger nails top AND bottom. Should I yank them out?

I'm using double sided hurricane ties to secure my joists to my beams for a deck I am building. The tie looks like below: I had been using 1.5" joist hanger nails for the 6 holes at the top that ...
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How to get cable staples to stick in the wall

In my family room, I've used cable staples (like the ones pictured below) to fasten speaker wire along the wall at the top of the baseboards. There are hardwood floors in this room. Not all of them ...
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How can I remove stubborn nails from baseboard?

I have tried pounding the nails out through the front, they don't budge. I have tried pulling the nails through the back with pliers, they break off. The baseboard is a laminate from old laminate ...
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How do I nail plywood to flat roof framing?

I am putting some 3/4 plywood on top of 2x6 framing joists on my flat garage roof. The framing is spaced 16oc. I figured that I place 4x8 plywood sheets in such way that their short edge will be ...
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Can Arrow brads (BN1810) be used in Stanley staple/brad guns (like TR250)?

Staples seem to be widely interchangeable among stapler brands, in terms of the compatibility that is listed on the box, but brad nails are more specific. If we are to believe the packaging, Arrow ...
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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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How to attach plastic (vapor barrier) to the studs?

What's the best way to attach 4 mil plastic (vapor barrier) to the studs? I tried to use regular nails (sinkers 4d 1 - 3/8'') but the plastic sheet goes off the studs (through the head of the nails) ...
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How do I properly install underlayment and a modified bitumen roof on a flat garage roof with concrete walls?

My project is to replace 18'x10' flat roof on my concrete garage. So far I installed 16" oc framing and 3/4" plywood over it. Now I am planning to install some fiberglass based underlayment (#30, ...
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How to remove nails from 6 x 8 lumber

My townhouse has some outdoor stairs built out of 6" x 8" lumber (i.e., the first step is comprised of two pieces of lumber (with no "nosing")). A couple of the steps are rotten and I need to change ...
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What type of nail gun is recommended?

Was reading this post: Are cheap electric brad nail guns worth it for fixing mouldings? I'm in the middle of fixing up an older home. I have an air compressor with a couple air powered brad-nailers (...
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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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What length of finishing nail should I use?

I just re-tiled my master bathroom and plan to put wood trim back up around the perimeter soon. How do I know what length of finishing nails to use? I see 2" and 1.5" nails - does it really matter?
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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 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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Nails for deck framing

I was told (as well as read online) that I should use 16d nails for deck framing. However I have been using nails labeled "Grip-Rite 5-lb 16D 3.5-in Hot-Dipped Galvanized Smooth Box Nails" in the ...
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What is the best way to drive the hard-cut nail into wooden baseboards to prevent splitting?

I am installing my baseboards, and there is a section that must be attached to brick. I know, by experience, that the best nail for my type of brick is the hard-cut masonry nail (and not the fluted ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Screws or nails for securing 2" lumber to overhead joists as fireblocking?

I will be installing fireblocking as part of finishing my basement. I plan to leave about an 8" gap between the newly framed walls (metal stud framing) and the cinder block foundation wall to avoid ...
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What nails should I use to attach Hardie plank lap siding to 3/4" furring strips in concrete wall?

I want to attach Hardie plank fiber-cement lap siding to my concrete garage walls. It's a very small surface which requires something like 3 boards altogether. I am only covering it for decorative ...