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Old 09-26-00, 05:35 AM
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To nail or screw. ??
I'm installing a 16'x25' deck using 2"x4" western red cedar. The two options open to me are
1) nail using HDG ring shacked nails (1 per board or 2 per board??)
2) Screw using 3" zinc Electro plated screws.

I'm concerned with rusting & the quality of the surface finish. Does any one have experience of using either & which would you
recommend?
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Gerry


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Old 09-28-00, 11:57 AM
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Use stainless steel nails or screws in your cedar. Electroplated fasteners are not as good as hot dipped.

Always use at least 2 fasteners per board where it connects to the joist.


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Old 09-30-00, 09:44 AM
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Gerryo:
To nail or screw. I'm installing a 16'x25' deck using 2"x4" western red cedar. The two options open to me are
1) nail using HDG ring shacked nails
2) Screw using 3" zinc Electro plated screws.

I'm concerned with rusting & the quality of the surface finish. Does any one have experience of using either & which would you
recommend?
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Tannic acid in the cedar sometimes reacts with galvanized fasteners to cause staining, so stainless steel fasteners are preferred.

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Old 10-04-00, 03:04 AM
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Carpenter is correct, and also, make sure when you buy the screws, that you read the fine print on the box. Some say do not use on cedar. I would also use square headed screws.
 
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