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Updated August 14, 2012, 9:29 am betterhomesgardens
Nailing is the quickest and most economical method of fastening timber together. Read our how to nail guide below.
A smaller version of the panel pin.
Other types of nails include staples, escutcheon pins, cut tacks and corrugated fasteners.
The point of a nail is pyramid shaped to force the fibres apart. This may split the timber sometimes. Blast types may be used for fibrous cement sheet - they punch a hole through it.
The thickness or wire gauge of a nail is stated in millimetres. The shank may be square or round. For greater holding in softwood, end grain or chipboard, use an annular, helical or twisted shank nail.
When ordering nails, state the length and gauge in millimetres, head type, material the nail is made from and the quantity in grams or kilos. A typical nail order would be 2kg of 100mm x 3.75mm galvanised mild steel jolt-head nails.The length of a nail is important to gain the maximum hold in the timber. When nailing across the fibres, the nail should be 2-2.5 times the thickness of the timber and when nailing into end grain it should be 2.5-3 times the thickness.