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How To Choose Nails & Screws - Part 4

 

 

Table 4 - Nail Types - Cont'd
Type Usage & Features Appearance

Foundry

  • Applications include foundry and concrete forms and metal sculpting
  • Large head
  • Sizes - 3 to 6 inches
foundry nail

Gutter

  • Used to fasten gutters
  • Thinner than a spike
  • Sizes - 7 & 8 inch
gutter nail

Hinge

  • Used when nail head must be decorative such as hinges and trims
  • Sizes - 1 1/2 & 2 inch
hinge nail

Joist Hanger

  • Available bright smooth, bright barbed, bright ringed
  • Available for outdoor use as galvanized
  • Heavy gauge nail
  • Used to fasten joist hangers
  • Sizes - 1 1/4 to 2 1/2 inches
joist hanger nail

Lath

  • Used to nail lath to studs, joists or rafters
  • Blue oxide film provides corrosion resistance
  • Sizes - 1 to 1 1/2 inches
lath nail

Masonry

Basic

  • Used to attach lumber to uncured concrete
  • Spiral shank
  • Sizes - 1/2 to 4 inches
masonry nail

Cut

  • Used to fasten lumber to masonry surfaces such as cinder block, mortar joints, and brick.
  • Tip is blunt which reduces splitting.
  • Sizes - 1 1/4 to 4 inches
cut masonry nail

Round Cap

  • Used to fasten foam insulation to masonry walls
  • Tip is fluted to prevent cracking masonry
  • Sizes - 1 to 4 inches
round cap masonry nail

Stub

  • Used to mount electrical boxes, conduit clamps and mesh to masonry
  • Large head
  • Sizes - 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches
stub masonry nail

Tension Pin

  • Used to fasten furring lumber, clamps and other items to concrete block, and mortar joints
  • Tempered hardened
  • Size - 1 1/8 inch
tension pin masonry nail

Nursery

  • Used to attach burlap and other fabrics around root balls
  • Oval head
  • Sizes - 2 & 2 1/4 inches
nursery nail

Paneling

  • Used to attach wood paneling to furring strips or wood studs
  • Ring shank for extra grip
  • Available in colors to match paneling
  • Sizes - 1 to 1 3/4 inches
paneling nail

Pallet

  • Used to in pallet construction
  • Available as ringed blunt diamond point, ringed no point, spiral no point, spiral blunt diamond point and hardened steel no point
  • Generally installed with pneumatic nail guns
  • Sizes - 1 1/2 to 3 inches
pallet nail

Pole Barn

  • Thinner than common nail
  • Available as ring shank or tempered hardened ring shank
  • Manufactured from high grade carbon steel
  • Used when extra holding strength is required
  • Sizes - 2 to 10 inches
pole barn nail

 

 

Table 4 - Nail Types - Cont'd
Type Usage & Features Appearance

Roofing

Basic

  • Used to fasten asphalt shingles to wood base
  • Available galvanized with smooth, barbed or ringing shank
  • Large head provides added grip on shingle
  • Also available with neoprene washer
  • Sizes - 1/2 to 4 inches
roofing nail

Basic w/ Neoprene Washer

  • Used for steel and fiberglass roofing
  • Ringed shank
  • Waterproof
  • Sizes - 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches
roofing nail with neoprene washer

Cedar Shake

  • Used for nailing cedar shakes to wood surface
  • Small head
  • Thin shank prevents shake splitting
  • Checkered head
  • Sizes - 1 3/4 to 2 1/2 inches
cedar shake roofing nail

Lead Head

  • Used in fastening metal roofing
  • Lead provides waterproofing
  • Sizes - 1 3/4 to 2 1/2 inches
lead head roofing nail

Metal Cap

  • Used to fasten felt, tar paper, insulation material to wood base
  • Available with round and square caps
  • Sizes - 3/4 to 4 inches
metal cap roofing nail

Shingle

  • Used to fasten thin sidewall shingles
  • Large head with thin shank
  • Galvanized for outdoor use
  • Sizes - 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch
shingle roofing nail

Tile

  • Used to fasten clay roofing tiles to wood sub deck
  • Extra long shank with large head
  • Sizes - 4 to 8 inches
tile roofing nail

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