Fasteners for wood siding and wood shingles

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Old 10-13-01, 02:51 PM
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What fasteners do you use to put up wood siding and wood shingles? How do they differ from common, finish, and box nails? Are they ring-shanked? I assume they are stainless steel, aluminum, or galvanized. What kind of head do they have? Thank you very much,
 
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Old 10-16-01, 02:44 PM
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Siding nails are specifically made for both the applications you mention. As you assumed, they are usually either aluminum, galvanized steel, or stainless steel - although I have seen ceramic coated siding nails.

Many siding nails have a spiral twist, similar to decking nails. The head, while smaller than common or coated nails, is larged than the head of a finish nail. Typical size would be 8d (8 penny) which is 2-1/2" long

Siding nails have a larger shaft and head than finish nails, but a smaller head than either common or box nails. The shaft size is larger than a finish nail, smaller than a common nail, and comparable to a box nail
 
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Old 12-30-01, 01:29 PM
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Siding nails also have a blunter tip to help prevent splitting.
 
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