Deck screws in place of galvanized nails?


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Deck screws in place of galvanized nails?

I'll be helping my brother-in-law build a 20' x 30' deck this weekend and was wondering if there's a certain type of screw that is acceptable to use for installing joist hangers as opposed to using galvanized nails. Something about using nails doesn't sit well with me because they can back themselves out over time, but if my memory serves me right screws don't have as much shear strength.
 
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Using galvanized joist hanger nails, and not just any hdg nail, is almost failsafe. I have never had one pull out due to their size. Screws in general do not have the shear strength that nails have, plus their shank is smaller, so I would stick with Simpson Strongtie joist hanger nails.
 
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Good call, Brant. They have the #10 shank whereas deck screws only have #8 or #9 shanks.
 
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For those of us that can't afford a joist hanger nailer, a palm nailer is very handy for nailing in those short nails. Your fingers will thank you. HFT has a pretty cheap one that I have used with good success. Wear eye and ear protection!
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Old 04-07-14, 08:51 PM
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I do that too Tolyn... I don't have the nice joist hanger nailer that Larry has, so I have to get by with a palm nailer in tight spaces where I can't swing a hammer. They are loud! Everyone around me hates it when I'm using mine. (Grip Rite)
 
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Well, I wasn't going to mention it, but the StrapShot by Bostitch is a labor saver. I timed my helper tapping in nails with a hammer, 6 nails - 60 seconds. Strap Shot, 6 nails - 6 seconds. Multiply that times 50 hanger faces...that's lunch.
 
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Old 04-08-14, 04:23 PM
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I wasn't going to name names, but since Sleeper mentioned it, that was directed at Chandler.
 
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Old 04-08-14, 05:43 PM
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Sorry guys. I was given the gun to use on a trial basis and report back whether or not I liked it. Within a month the company went out of business and I could not locate anyone associated with them to return it. It was expensive from what I recall,($300 on Ebay today) and probably would not have bought it, but after using it for a few years, nobody's getting it it would have paid for itself on just a few decks in labor savings.
 
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Old 04-08-14, 09:49 PM
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Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's Bostich MCN150 Strapshot.

 
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MCN 250. Shoots both lengths.........
 
 

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