Nails for subfloor?

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Old 03-13-09, 07:27 PM
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Nails for subfloor?

What is the correct nails to use for nailing down OSB subfloor? Had to cut out a section to move a drain/vent line and also noticed where factory missed with about a dozen staples down one joist. Could be why it squeeks there a? Thx.
 
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Old 03-13-09, 08:49 PM
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A box of Grip Rite 1 7/8ths ring shank underlayment nails will do the trick. Run them about every 6 to 8 inches - I think your squeak will go away.
 
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Old 03-13-09, 08:58 PM
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Why not use screws? generally hold better, nespas!
 
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Old 03-14-09, 07:45 AM
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Yep, I'd have to agree..the correct nail is a screw. A deck screw...not a drywall screw.

Absolutely, ringshank nails will work and hold...but screws will work and hold better
 
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I'm a screw guy myself. I've always used drywall screws without any problems.
 
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Old 03-14-09, 08:39 PM
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Uh...
Drywall screws are meant for drywall, deck screws are intended for decks, - when it comes to flooring, I use flooring screws, phillips head, as they are intended for.
The right product for the application it is for...
Thats my $.02 worth...!!
 
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Not disagreeing with anyone here, just saying I've used drywall screws with good results. What are the differences between these types of screws to make one a better choice than another?
 
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I didn't know they even made flooring screws...so I can plead ignorance on that. And I'm no flooring guy so I haven't done alot...but I've seen too many heads snap off on drywall screws when being used for attaching ply or OSB to lumber.

Anyone can use what they like and are comfortable with
 
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So the deck screw is stronger than the drywall screw? I'm ignorant enough I thought the difference between a deck and a drywall screw was just weather tolerance.
 
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Mitch...I may not have been clear. Regular exterior screws..the galvanized kind...are pretty much the same as drywall screws..at least to my eyes.

I was talking about Deck Mate screws or similar. They have a much thicker shank and head for the same length. The threads are also a bit deeper and have a coarser pitch.

They also have square, combo, or torx heads so much less chance of stripping.

As I said...just my preference. Besides I probably have more of them floating around from not being able to find the last box I bought, every time I start a new project...lol
 
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Sounds good to me. I've been using square head drywall screws, I hate phillips head screws!
 
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