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Old 02-18-2012, 06:55 PM   #1
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So I just discovered that I bought and used the wrong nails for framing the majority of my basement. I went to pick up more nails today, knowing I needed 16d nails and I thought they looked much bigger than the ones I had at home. I used 10d 3inch nails... 2 in the top plate and 2 in the bottom plate.

What do I do now? They are walls that are against the concrete. Will the walls be strong enough or should I add a nail or do entirely new nails in them which would suck. But I just was interested in the possibilities.

Also, I feel really stupid already because I knew what to buy but some how bought the wrong thing, probably because they are labeled exterior framing nails and I switched boxes...

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Old 02-18-2012, 07:09 PM   #2
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10d's are used in most new construction today. you will be fine, stop worrying.

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Old 02-18-2012, 07:11 PM   #3
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8d and 10d is about all I ever use.
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Awesome, so there shouldnt be any problems with inspections or anything like that? You guys are my heros. Felt like a complete ass for about an hour when I brought those other nails home.
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So I just discovered that I bought and used the wrong nails for framing the majority of my basement. I went to pick up more nails today, knowing I needed 16d nails and I thought they looked much bigger than the ones I had at home. I used 10d 3inch nails... 2 in the top plate and 2 in the bottom plate.

What do I do now? They are walls that are against the concrete. Will the walls be strong enough or should I add a nail or do entirely new nails in them which would suck. But I just was interested in the possibilities.

Also, I feel really stupid already because I knew what to buy but some how bought the wrong thing, probably because they are labeled exterior framing nails and I switched boxes...
10d thats ok it won't hurt a thing....as mentioned used by alot today...
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Awesome, so there shouldnt be any problems with inspections or anything like that? You guys are my heros. Felt like a complete ass for about an hour when I brought those other nails home.
Do you expect the inspectors to pull a nail to look at it??
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Only nails I've ever had them look at is hanger nails. Some inspectors look for a grade stamp on the nail.
They also look for nail count. Two nails in a stud will raise a red flag.
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We I figured I could get away with it but those nails look like railroad spikes by comparison. But thanks everyone
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:30 PM   #9
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Well I'm not sure how they could count anything since they aren't toenailled so I think ill be okay
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I hope the nails in the p.t. bottom plate are hot-dipped galvanized..... or a plastic vapor barrier under the slab at least.

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Old 02-18-2012, 11:42 PM   #11
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They are hot dipped galvanized, I did do that part right atleast! I did research on the right ones to use but just screwed myself at the store I don't know what I was doing/thinking.

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