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Old 06-03-2008, 09:31 AM   #1
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power-actuated nail size for sole plates


when i use 2.5 in, the nail goes all the way in but if i use 3 in a small section sticks out undriven all the way. is it okay to use 2.5 in coated nails for pressure-treated 2x4 sole plates ?

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Old 06-03-2008, 09:45 AM   #2
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general rule of thumb is that the fastener be 2x the thickness of the material being nailed, using a 2.5 inch nail is ok though if you are going into pressure treated be sure they are rated for such use as if not they could rust off. Most pressure treated now I think is ACQ, so we always use ACQ rated nails to be safe.

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Nope! The International Residential Code requires 16d nails to secure sole plates. The nails should be spaced no further apart than 16".

Your nails should penetrate joists or blocking, not just the plywood. If it is an exterior wall you should be nailing into the rim joist as well. Done correctly, you won't have nails sticking out anywhere unless you're building in interior wall that runs parallel between floor joists.
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how long is a 16d nail ? i am fastening into concrete. i have tried multiple guns and none will drive a 3 in nail all the way in so that the nail head is flush with the top of the sole plate. the best i can do is 2.5.
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how long is a 16d nail ? i am fastening into concrete. i have tried multiple guns and none will drive a 3 in nail all the way in so that the nail head is flush with the top of the sole plate. the best i can do is 2.5.
My bad! I failed to read the original title! I thought we were talking wood framing. Duh!

You can use whatever nail length gets the job done, as there is no code requirement for nail length at a sole plate over concrete. If your ramset gun isn't getting it done, try hand-driving "cut nails" for masonry. They work great.
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