Old 01-16-05, 04:55 PM
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When should you use a finish nail as opposed to a brad nail ?
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Old 01-17-05, 01:23 AM
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- in my experience, a 'brad' is generally a thin bright nail, 1" or less, with a cupped head. To be used to pin something in place before using larger nails.

A 'finishing' nail is generally 1 - 2 1/2", can come in many colors and has a rounded head that needs a nailset to finally drive it flush with the surface. To be used for door and window trim.
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Old 02-08-05, 02:22 AM
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There may be a finer distinction, but to me a brad is just a finishing nail 1" or smaller.

Generally you want a nail at least 3x the thickness of the piece nailed through, so you'd start using "brads" at about 1/4" stuff.

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