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Old 08-05-2008, 02:15 PM   #1
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I'm hoping someone can help me out. Framing starts this Friday and the 21 degree plastic collated 8D common nails I ordered arrived just in time. Unfortunately, online vendor sent me the wrong nails! In order to meet MA code I need to use 8D (2 1/2" x .131) Common galv nails but I can't find them locally. I know this may be a dumb question but is it okay to substitute to 10D Framer (3" x 1.31), which I can get locally? I assume that the code is calling for 8D as a minimum requirement.

I'll be toenailing into either a double top plate or the 2x10 beam so the extra 1/2" shouldn't be an issue.

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You need to ask the guy who is going to inspect the framing, and that is your local Building Inspector.

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Yes 10D common are fine. in fact there better. here on LONG ISLAND they have to be full round head nails only, Cliped head are not code here in the wind zone. 8d are used for nailling 1/2 sheathing. and any strapping. BOB
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I figured they'd be fine but I guess it doesn't hurt to run it past the inspector. Thanks for the replies.
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FWIW - Most Lumber Supply Wharehouses/yards and Carpentry Tool Stores carry nails and fasteners that the Big Home Improvement Stores don't.

You mentioned MA. New Hampshire Tool Outlet in Salem NH carries a large range of gun nails.
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