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It seems the consensus is that you use 16d(3.5") x .162(8ga) nails for framing. That is fine if you plan on using a hammer.

..but if I want to use a 21 or 30 degree nail gun it seems only 12d(3.25") x .131(10ga) nails are readily available? These nails are not even true 12d because they are 10ga vs 9ga(0.148)?

What the deal?
 

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16d for framing members. 8d for sheathing.
 

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16d for framing members. 8d for sheathing.
it seems most nailers only shoot up to .148, not .162. It is kinda hard to even find 16d nails for nailers.

So, unless people are using hammers, it seems even the pros have switched?
 

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When i was an apprentice, 10d for framing face nails, 8d for toenails 4 nails each wall stud connection and 6d for sheathing. NJ. Hand or air nailers, sizes are about the same. Personal practice but I set the air nailer depth so the nail heads are proud of the sheathing then hand nail flush. It was probably dumb thing to do. Should just accept few nails that get sunk too deep.
 
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