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Old 04-19-2012, 06:05 PM   #1
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Using 4 inch Pickets, 6 ft long, vertically, how m,any nails should be used so that thet don't eventually warp?

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I would use four. Two in the top runner; two in the bottom one. Some folks use less as a way to save on fasteners and to speed up the job and for any other number of reasons which may or may not make sense.

I'd use 5d (1-3/4") or 6d (2") stainless steel ring shank nails. Some prefer screws. Some like to save money and use galvanized instead of stainless steel; if you do that, don't be surprised when streak marks show up years later.

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cortell is right. you only need 2 nails per rail. but if the fence is going to be 6' high i would be adding another rail midway to support the fence boards. it will stiffen the fence up
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Only use fastners that have the words ACQ approved on the box.
The new presssure treated wood is treated with copper, it will react with steel or even galvinized steel and it will just rust off inside the wood in no time.
I've been using ceramic coated decking screws using an impact screw gun to drive the screws.
There not going to rust or stain, and will never pull out.
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Only use fastners that have the words ACQ approved on the box.
The new presssure treated wood is treated with copper, it will react with steel or even galvinized steel and it will just rust off inside the wood in no time.
I've been using ceramic coated decking screws using an impact screw gun to drive the screws.
There not going to rust or stain, and will never pull out.
Hot dip galvanized and stainless steel are fine with ACQ
http://www.mcfeelys.com/tech/acq.htm
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