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Old 09-06-2009, 11:05 PM   #1
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Hi I'm trying to hang some shelves against a wall in my house, this is a very dense plywood and it's taking me about 30-40 very hard hits to put one nail through 5/8".

Do you have any suggestions how I can make this easier? I'm using a spiral standard 1 1/2" nail. Should I just drill a hole and use screws?

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Is it possible there's a metal plate covering the part of the stud you're nailing into? A plate that's protecting electrical wires or plumbing that's running through the stud?

Just a guess.

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Its not the stud that's hard to nail into but the wood itself! The stud is very easy and I've nailed countless types of woods without any problem, this wood that I just bought is however extremely difficult.
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If you want to use nails, drill a small pilot hole in the plywood. You want it small enough so the nail will still have tension in that piece of wood but it will not have to do the actual piercing of the wood. Do not pre-drill the stud in the wall.
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Wouldn't it be easier or more advantageous to use screws instead?
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Agreed with Ashika. If your going as far as pre-drilling the wood to make it easier to nail, you might as well just use screws. I would recommend using 2" screws.

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Wouldn't it be easier or more advantageous to use screws instead?
that's what I would have used from the beginning but you seemed to want to use nails. I simply told you how to use nails.


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A.W.Davis Agreed with Ashika. If your going as far as pre-drilling the wood to make it easier to nail, you might as well just use screws. I would recommend using 2" screws.
there are a lot of times that wood must be pre-drilled and nails are still the preferred attachment. You use what is the best for what you are doing whether it is nails or screws.

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