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    Question nails or screws?

    When connecting wood to wood when should I use nails and when should I use screws (and what about glue?)?

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    Default Re: nails or screws?

    Your question is a little vaque -----
    screws have by far better holding power than nails ---- use of adhesives is always desiarable for extra strength.
    However, if you are asking about cabinet work you wouldn't use glues or nails in floating panels . In many cases glue is used for joints and held in place with nails while the glue sets ---- or clamped instead of nailed.
    Screws wouldn't be used unless they were located in places that are hidden from view.
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    Default Re: nails or screws?

    As Canuk points out, it would depend on the application and the preferences of the installer. Without more specifics, a clearer answer cannot be offered.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    I believe you can use screws as long as the specs are the same as nails.
    "" an ounce of perception -- a pound of obscure "
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    Quote Originally Posted by canuk View Post
    I believe you can use screws as long as the specs are the same as nails.
    Next you'll be spec'ing staples and caulk for drywall ...
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by A. Spruce View Post
    Next you'll be spec'ing staples and caulk for drywall ...
    That's a blast from the past.
    I wonder what happened to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed21 View Post
    That's a blast from the past.
    I wonder what happened to him.
    He quit lurking when we quit giving him bait and attention. Seems that's the guy's MO, to go around to different forums to start poop. I just had to give our Great Nort friend a little ribbing.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkirk View Post
    if your dealing with structural such as a bearing wall or hanging floor joists you can not use screws, screws do not have shear strength meaning they will snap before the bend. spikes (long nails) are used for this application, they will bend before they break which is far safer
    I agree with jkirk, they snap real easy, just my two cents.

    Hey you related to Captain Kirk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by A. Spruce View Post
    He quit lurking when we quit giving him bait and attention. Seems that's the guy's MO, to go around to different forums to start poop. I just had to give our Great Nort friend a little ribbing.
    Geez --- you're just evil
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    Quote Originally Posted by jkirk View Post
    lol, depends on which one, if its james T no i am not. but captain ted paddy kirk of the scottish navy from the 1920's yes, hes the one that brought the bloodline to canada. left the navy to become a rumrunner
    Ah --- that explains it
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