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Old 11-22-2009, 01:11 PM   #1
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The photo shows rusted nail heads on some siding that I installed last year. That portion of the house is moderately exposed to rain. The nails are supposed to be hot dip galvanized. Could this be a bad batch? A friend told me hand driven nails are better coated and less likely to lift out of the wood. Is this true?
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Old 11-22-2009, 01:48 PM   #2
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i see the problem. griprite nails. made in (guess where?)

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yes.. these are cheap nails. Water triggers the corrosive action on the nail. The galvanizing deters this but eats the coating away over time. The cheaper nails have much less of a coating so fail much quicker. For longer lasting work use stainless steel nails.
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Thanks for the responses. I didn't realize they were cheap nails and the consequences. I'll be thinking about the small amount I saved not buying higher quality as I pull them out one by one.
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Maze Stormguard nails (made in Illinois, USA)
is what I use. they don't bend in half either.

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What DangerMouse said. Maze is good stuff, and they have varieties for many materials and applications. Lowes used to stock them here, not sure who carries them now.

Check their web site, last time I looked they had some good faq there.

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