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Old 02-04-2009, 02:34 PM   #1
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I have built many things in my years but no one has ever told me what nail is for what and what size is for what. I'm starting a new build and would like to buy a framing nailer but don't know what kind to buy. I don't and wont use it that much but from time to time. Harbor freight has a few real cheap but I'm not sure, do you really get what you pay for? What size nail and what's a good cheap hobby nailer to get. Also where would I find free plans for a 8' X 12' shed with one window? Just checking.

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Old 02-04-2009, 03:26 PM   #2
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No door?

I don't go with plans - I just figure it out on paper
I do everything 16" on center, 2x4 Studs are 16" on center
Floor joists & rafters the same
What are you going to store in the shed? A garden tractor?
Are you going too build a wooden floor or cement?
I went with cement as existing shed floor was cement ( I added 10x10 on)

I also went with double doors 5' wide so I can get larger items in & out easily. 8x12 isn't that big, do you have snow load where you are?

A 2x6 rafter will span 11' 16" on center
A 2x4 will span 7' , but I never use 2x4 for roof rafters - snow load
I use plywood, not the OSB - just my preference
And my shed is a pool cabana - so there is a filter in there & can be subject to water with floats etc being stored

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Old 02-04-2009, 09:06 PM   #3
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you can build a barn shed in a day or two.
make the side walls 4ft tall including the floor.
you can lay out the raffters out on the floor by drawing
out 8 by 8 sq .
the raffters will set on the walls.
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Old 02-04-2009, 09:10 PM   #4
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Old 02-04-2009, 09:21 PM   #5
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You also might consider going with taller walls for some shelving & storage up above
It gives you a LOT of room up out of the way
I also put an old skylight in mine 2'x4' - lets a lot of light in

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I Put My Door In The End Wall
GREAT LOOKING SHED YOU HAVE
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Of course there will be a door. I can build it without plans, I just wanted to see some plans for ideas. The real question is what size nail should I use and do they ( the industry) make a framing nailer for the DIY home user, I won't be using it a ton but I want it ready when I need it. So I don't want to spend a ton of cash, Harbor Freight has a few real cheap. would 16 penny work or should I go with a D nail? No one ever told me what was for what and when.

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No door?

I don't go with plans - I just figure it out on paper
I do everything 16" on center, 2x4 Studs are 16" on center
Floor joists & rafters the same
What are you going to store in the shed? A garden tractor?
Are you going too build a wooden floor or cement?
I went with cement as existing shed floor was cement ( I added 10x10 on)

I also went with double doors 5' wide so I can get larger items in & out easily. 8x12 isn't that big, do you have snow load where you are?

A 2x6 rafter will span 11' 16" on center
A 2x4 will span 7' , but I never use 2x4 for roof rafters - snow load
I use plywood, not the OSB - just my preference
And my shed is a pool cabana - so there is a filter in there & can be subject to water with floats etc being stored
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:45 AM   #9
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Search on Google and got there lot of information...
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Old 02-08-2009, 07:05 PM   #10
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hi man.
don't mess around with "diy homeowner" brand nailguns. you'll wind up shooting yourself in the hip or something.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw...nailer&x=0&y=0

buy one of those. i recommend the round head version of whichever.

you'll want 3 - 3 1/4" (.120 gauge, basically a 12d) galvanized nails for your shed. that will handle all 2X material.
you can go stick or coil, your choice. all home improvement stores will carry the nails, or buy them on amazon.

good luck.
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Old 02-08-2009, 08:06 PM   #11
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I would have to disagree, I bought a framing nailer from Harbor Freight two years ago and I do Home Renovation work and although have not used it that often, is deffinately worth it. It has jammed up when I was framing out a room once or twice, but I cleared it in a minute. If that is all you are going to use it for, wait for it to go on sale and pick it up for 60 bucks. Unless you will use that on a weekly basis, I think it works fine. Also when you get that gun, get the nails there, you will save ten to fifteen bucks.
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I disagree. I renovated a few homes (rentals) but it wasn't until I was doing my own I finally bought a finish nailer. What an IDIOT I've been all these years wasting my time with finish nails and countersinks. Bought top of the line Paslode. Life is too short for cheap, 2nd rate tools I don't care if you're a professional house framer or an occasional do-it-yourselfer. In 5 years you can sell the contractor/professional grade, hardly used nailer ang get most of your money back. The Harbor Fright junk is worthless brand new out of the box.

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