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Old 12-15-2006, 08:56 PM   #1
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Which nails are right for the job?

I have been looking for nails for my Hitachi nailer, I purchased 3" (10d) nails and 3 1/2"(16d) nails for general framing. I have always used 6d CC sinkers for 7/16 decking(OSB). I am having trouble finding 2"(6d) nails for my gun locally. I can find them online at places like the nail zone. Locally I am told everyone uses the 2 3/8" nails, which is between a 7d and 8d nail. That seems too long for basic decking nails, or is it. What do you guys use? Also, almost all I can find is in bright finish for my nailer, no cement coated. Is that okay.
What about ring shank? Should I use ring shank instead of smooth?
The more I look, the more unsure I am.


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Old 12-16-2006, 07:14 AM   #2
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I've always used 2 3\8 ringshanks mainly because, as in your case,
they are all that is available around here (the florida panhandle).

2 3/8 smoothshanks are also available here, but for the same
money I would rather get the extra holding power of the


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Old 12-16-2006, 10:54 AM   #3
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I use to use the 2-3/8" rings 'cos they were available and 2" smooth when the others were too long. Now they have started carrying 2" rings which I use mostly now for sheathing.
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