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Old 09-14-2010, 10:11 PM   #1
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Hello,
I want to add a shed along the rear fence area of my home to use as a workshop. I have a dealers brochure that says that galvanized nails will be used in the construction. I am considering a 12 X 16 foot shed and have some doubts about using these nails for the long term. I would like some opinions from those who have had shed's built on their properties. I think galvinized screws or even deck screws would be a better choice.
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Hot dipped galvanized nails have some roughness and will hold very well.

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My pool cabana shed the sheathing was installed w/galvy nails....15+ years old
Not sure on exact age, might be much older
Exposed to chlorinated pool water, no gutters
Nails lasted longer then the sheathing
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Screws do not have the shear that nails have, except special hanger or fastener ones. Deck screws for framing are not to minimum building code. For nails, make sure they a H.D. glv. as mentioned, not electroplated galvanized, big difference. You may want to check with your local B.D. for that big a shed (permit required) that close to property line (unless fire-sheathed)....

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Thanks All,
Hot dipped galvanized it will be. I'll mention it to the dealer as well as his contractor. My concern about these nails is that I seen them pop on my pressure treated deck. The contractor said he used H.D. galvanized nails to build it.
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On a deck with p.t. is not framing. That is surface lumber, non-structural other than it's minimum span for the thickness. Most problems with p.t. is waiting too long before applying a wood waterproof liquid to counter the sun and elements from tweaking while drying out the excess water and chemicals. Many people believe p.t. is waterproof, it's not unless you bought special waterproofed. A biggy, you need to clean it before w.p.: http://www.wolman.com/faqs.asp?faq_id=2

New wood should be coated as soon as possible to prevent damage
from water absorption and UV. Wash with WEATHER PRO Wood
Cleaner & Brightener to remove slickness (mill glaze) or waxes often
found on new wood. New non-CCA pressure treated lumber should
be treated the same as other new wood even though it may be very
wet. Traditionally such surfaces would be allowed to dry completely
before coating. Because of the wetness, the first application of stain
on pressure treated wood may last only a few months but the option
is to risk severe cracking and splitting as the wood dries if left
unsealed.” From: http://rustoleum.com/cbgimages/docum...gFence_209.pdf

http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/...-building-code

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whats a good way to clean out a shed made of wood that had animals that burrowed through and rotted out part of the wood along the bottom of the wall? i was thinking filling in the gap with sand/gravel and then mix concrete to seal it up.

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