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Old 01-05-2009, 09:25 PM   #16
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:36 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by ponch37300 View Post
So if the nails need to be ring shank roofing nails won't work right? Do they make a ring shank roofing nail, I don't believe the ones i have used/seen are ring shank.
Yes, you can obtain ring shank roof nails for roofing guns.

However, they don't need to be ring shanked if you are using an adhesive like thinset along with the installation of the boards. If you choose not to use thinset, then I'd say the best choice is the ring shanks or the screws. However, I would not suggest skipping the use of thinset.

My advice: Use thinset too.

The point is that the tacks hold the floor down tight while the thinset cures. When cured, the cement board is held solidly in place primarily by the thinset (like tile work is held in place).

For years, I only used the rock-on screws with thinset. Then one day, I was talking to my tile supplier, who also installs tile. He has been installing residential, commercial, industrial (even entire malls) for 35 years. He told me that his quickest, tried and true method on wood substrates, with zero issues, is using a roofing gun with standard galvanized roof tacks. I've done it that way since. No problems.

If you want to use ring shanks, they do cost more, go ahead. I'm not against them. I am all for a little measure of over kill, when it makes sense.
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Thanks everyone i feel good about using nails now. I will be using thinset underneith no matter how i fasten it. That will be alot faster and easier than screwing and i already have a roofing gun so looks like i need to find a different tool i "have" to have!
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Re: best way to fasten backer board?

i believe it states non corrosive galvanized roofing nails for durock hardie and wonderboard.
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Re: best way to fasten backer board?

Originally Posted by angus242 View Post
Hardibacker's instructions state to: "use specified nails or screws at a minimum of 7/8" in length; galvanized ring shanked underlayment flooring nails or galvanized/polymer-coated 18ga chisel point staples with 1/4" crown".

I always use 1" galvanized 18 ga staples through 1/4" board and 3/4" subfloor. You can get a 18 ga stapler from HF for under $20
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