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Old 11-17-2016, 02:48 PM   #1
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What nails for framing walls?


Need to frame some walls in the basement with 2x4s and wondering what size nails I should get? Length and diameter? I bought a paslode cordless framer to use. But when I went to home depot to get a box there were a lot of choices and just want to make sure I get the right ones since a box isn't too cheap.

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My first question would be whether you have contacted the local AHJ? For instance, some will allow clipped head nails and some will not so, if your gun shoots clipped head, that's definitely something you need to know.

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For that application I would use 12p gun nails. Be SURE that the box says for paslode....because you are entering world of paslode = paper collated, hitachi and porter cable = plastic collated and bostich = wire collated (listing only the guns that I am currently using!). Ron
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Seems to me that Paslode uses a 30 degree angle, paper collated nail strip.
Being Canadian, I would use a 3 1/4 inch nail. Clipped head is fine.

I do not know what the American equivalent would be, ie: 16p or 12p, etc.
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Just an FYI, nails are sized in Penny the letter is a "d" not a "p". So a 3.24 nail would usually be a 12d nail not a 12p. The "d" is from something British.
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The d is for the British penny, which used to be designated w/ a "d" from the Roman coin denarius, or some such. For smaller nails, each d increase meant a 1/4" increase in length, but that falls apart after about 12 or 16d. Either way, 2-by wood means 16d nails to me, and common, cement coated. Just my feeling on it.
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If you have a pressure treated bottom plate you'll need to be using ACQ approved nails.
They also can be used anyplace else, but must be used when in contact with pressure treated wood.
I also buy the ring shanked nails for more holding power.
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In my area, 16d (3 1/2") nails are used for framing. (Full round head, smooth). Works great for toenailing, etc.
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