Nails are used for making permanent joints. Choose among different types of nails for different applications.
Things You'll Need
- Boat Nails
- Finishing Nails
- Form(ing) Nails
- Masonry Nails
- Wire Nails
- Box Nails
- Common Nails
- Concrete Nails
- Drywall Nails
- Roofing Nails
- Tack Hammers
Choose common nails for heavy-duty wood construction. Box nails are smaller and typically are used in woods that splinter easily.
Select finishing nails for trim and cabinetwork. These nails are usually countersunk with a nail set.
Secure drywall to wood with drywall nails.
Use boat nails for fences, outdoor furniture and, of course, boats.
Remove forming nails easily. They have two heads and are designed for temporary use.
Hold fabric to furniture and carpet to furring strips with tacks.
Prevent rusting and hold shingles on with galvanized roofing nails.
Consider wire nails for very light jobs. These are measured by wire gauge rather than pennyweights (the higher the number, the smaller the gauge).
Use masonry or concrete nails in masonry and concrete.
Tips & Warnings
- Nails are measured in pennyweight and designated by a "d" for denarius, the ancient Roman equivalent of a penny. Nails were at one time priced by the hundred. Today the "d" simply indicates the nail's size: a 2d or "2-penny" nail is 1 inch long, a 6d nail is 2 inches long, and a 10d nail is 3 inches long.
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