Screws or nails


Old 04-16-08, 04:49 AM
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Screws or nails

I have a fence built that is dogeard and metal post. The last one I built I used air gun nails galvanced but was wandering if it would be better to use the decking screws to hold up the pickets. I put the 1x6 inch fence up not 4'x8' section.
Old 04-16-08, 07:40 AM
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Screws may take a while longer, but at least they don't loosen as the wood shrinks and expands. I use screws for everything that I can. Also easier to replace if you need to.
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Agree with Vic 100% ! Don't use the cheap silver "galvanized" deck screws, though...they break easily and still rust. Use good quality coated deck screws...cost more, but well worth it.

Old 04-16-08, 12:49 PM
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I agree - either yellow dichromate or ceramic coated screws are what I prefer.

The coating also makes them easier to install...

PS - square drive screws will hold themselves on the bit - they can be installed one-handed.

Star drive (torx) are less likely to slip.

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