What type of fastener to use when

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Old 10-28-05, 11:02 PM
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What type of fastener to use when

Is there a good tutorial that explains what type of fastener to use when.

For example, when is it better to use crown stape vs. and 18 guage brad?

When do you use a 16 guage finish nail vs. a framing nail, etc.?

How much penetration should a nail/screw make to hold correctly?

When is a screw preferable to a nail?

With all the equipment and technology available it is difficult to know what to use when and not to get paralized by all the choices.

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David Montanaro
 
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Old 10-28-05, 11:28 PM
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David,

From my experiences, knowledge of what fastener to use comes from years of trial and error. Knowledge of the characteristics of what your fastening together seems to be the key. There may be some guideline to follow, but I'm not aware of any tutorials that are cut and dry methods for this.

I know that probably doesn't help, but perhaps somebody in the fastener forum may have a better answer for you. I'm going to move this thread into that forum.
 
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Old 10-30-05, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Herm
From my experiences, knowledge of what fastener to use comes from years of trial and error. Knowledge of the characteristics of what your fastening together seems to be the key. There may be some guideline to follow, but I'm not aware of any tutorials that are cut and dry methods for this.

I would agree
There are some general tutorials on this site though
Maybe these will help:
http://doityourself.com/fasteners/index.shtml
 
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Old 10-30-05, 10:11 AM
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Whups, sorry, looks like the links aren't working
You'll have to copy and paste that address into your browser
Or go to the doityourself.com home page, look for how-tos, then fasteners
 
 

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