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Old 03-09-2010, 08:29 AM   #1
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Fastener Size Selection


I have a novice question - with the huge array of fasteners available, how do you know which type is the correct one to use? Is there a chart that says if the wood (or metal etc) is X dimension use Y screw? Obviously if you need to screw or nail through 3 2xW members you need a longer fastener - but how is the diameter chosen correctly.

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......how do you know which type is the correct one to use?.........
With all the possible variables there is no simple answer. Here is a start with a chart on connecting to plywood with nails or screws.

http://fasteners.hardwarestore.com/l...and-nails.aspx

If you have a specific question e.g. How to fasten a grab bar to a fiberglass shower enclosure you will get a whole range of replies some better than others, but then it all depends on the specifics of a particular situation.

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