PT and Brad Nails


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Old 08-26-07, 04:55 PM
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PT and Brad Nails

I have an Arrow Brad Nailer and I was wondering if these nails can be used with Pressure Treated wood (replacing deck railing).

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Old 08-26-07, 07:08 PM
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Reagrdless of whether or not the fasteners are compatable (corrosion resistant) with ACQ... The real issue is that there is no way a brad nail would be long enough or strong enough to fasten a deck railing. The first person to lean on it would probably break their neck if (when) it gave way.

ACQ compliant screws would be a better choice.
 
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Thanks XSleeper.

It is not to hold the entire rail, just to connect the spindles to a plate (top and bottom) which will then be screwed to the top and bottom rail.
 
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Old 08-31-07, 06:45 PM
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I still probably would not recommend it. Fasteners need to be able to penetrate through the material you are fastening to, and into at least 1" of wood. Even if you are toenailing, a 1" brad won't have enough strength to hold the balluster to the top and bottom rails.
 
 

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