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Old 12-16-2011, 06:15 PM   #1
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Nail size recommendation

Connecting an 8 ft 2x4 horizontally to 3 36 in 2x4s. Also, connecting 1/2 in plywood to 2x4. Please give recommendation on the length and size nail (8d, 10d etc) for both. Also, any rules of thumb or tricks to figuring this out going forward?



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Old 12-16-2011, 06:51 PM   #2
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not much information to go on. but, I typicaly use 16 penny nails to attach 2x's to other 2x's, also I use #8 penny common nails for nailing 1/2" plywood to 2x4's

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Old 12-17-2011, 03:11 PM   #3
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for all framing connections you must use a nail that is long enough to fully penetrate the first peice and a minimum of half way through the second peice.

in canada we dont use the penny system for nail sizes. it just goes by lenght. for framing we use 3 1/2" common spikes or 3 1/4" gun spikes.. and 2 1/2" common or ardox nails and 2 1/4 in the gun for putting on plywood
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here is one example of a quick search

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Not a definitive answer, but I have participated in a lot of Habitat for Humanity builds around the country. They frame entire houses using only 16- and 8-penny nails. I also built my own house, and that's what I did. Sure makes things easier.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:23 AM   #6
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Since you are not really doing a lot of 'fastening' (e.g., building a wall), I would suggest using screws on your project, especialy where it sounds like you are mounting the 8' 2x4 horizontally at only three fastening points.


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