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Old 09-11-09, 06:28 AM
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Nails

I'm finishing my basement and I'm getting to the point where I can begin framing. I went to buy nails and realized I have more choices with this than anything else.

I'm using pressure treated wood for the bottom plates. The 8d 2 3/8" nails I was going to buy specifically say not for use with pressure treated wood.

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The nails that were for pressure treated wood were either too short, or deck screws.

Are these okay for indoor use? What do you recommend?

By the post, you can tell I am very inexperienced with this. Thank you!
 
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Old 09-11-09, 07:12 AM
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Most hot dipped galvanized fasteners are OK to use with treated lumber. 16d nails are the most common used with framing.
 
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Old 09-11-09, 08:16 AM
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And make sure they actually ARE hot dipped.Big box galvanized nails are almost always Electro-galvanized which is a much thinner coating of zinc and in wet or other difficult environments will fail much faster.This is especially true of the roofing nails,something that should be outlawed,but all electro galvanized nails are thinly coated.
 
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Old 09-11-09, 12:15 PM
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So, I want hot dipped 16d nails. Basically decking nails.

Any particular length? I'm assuming anything >= 2 3/8"

Thanks for the replies
 
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Old 09-11-09, 12:26 PM
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I don't think I've ever heard of decking nails exactly...

16d and 12d HDG nails are what you need to attach to treated.
 
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As you need to use HD-galv. on the treated wood anyway, I would use them on all the basement framing. Check the nails, on box, for gun compatability. Your link was for hand nailing framing nails. You can use 10d, 12d, or 16d to frame with, nothing smaller. Hopefully, no vapor barrier on the concrete walls below grade, as this leads to mold: RR-0509c: Renovating Existing Basements —
Be safe, Gary
 
 

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