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I’m going to nail a small piece of wood to something. What should I use?

You can use small nails—called brads—but to help prevent the wood from splitting, you should pre-drill the...

 

Is there a nail I can use that is less likely to split my wood?

Pointless nails protect against wood splitting, because they cut through fibers rather than following the grain of the...

 

Are there nails that match my walnut paneling?

Yes, paneling nails come in a variety of...

 

I am paneling my basement walls. What nail can I use to anchor furring strips to a concrete block wall?

Masonry nails can do this...

 

Should I use a galvanized nail?

Galvanized nails resist rust, and you should use them whenever you are building a project that will be exposed to the elements. Aluminum nails are...

 

How long of a nail should I use?

If the board you are fastening to another is not going to bear weight, it should be a half inch longer than the board is thick. If it is going to...

 

Should I use a finishing nail?

These are mostly for interior work when you would countersink the head and cover the nail...

 

What is the advantage of a cement coated nail?

Friction heat from driving the nail softens the cement coating and causes the nail to adhere to wood more...

 

Which is a bigger nail—No. 6 or No. 8?

No. 8 – the bigger the number the bigger the...

 

What is the difference between a common nail and a smooth box nail?

The common nail is thicker even though they have the same...

 
 
 
 


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