Life as an Amateur Woodworker #35: Brads are stronger than you think

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 01-24-2015 12:00 PM 1349 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When fitting the pine T&G planking, I made sure that all the T&G was properly inserted, before using my nail gun with 1” brads. OK, I had the problem of the two planks imitating a banana, but that was my fault, however last night I noticed that a number of the planks are trying to twist, and come apart from the T&G, but the brads are holding.

Some people tend to think that brads are more for tacking wood together whilst glue dries, but this has proved that there is some strength in those thin little wires.

I am really disappointed in the quality of the timber, it obviously isn’t just this batch, I have the same problem in the house, where are the upstairs rooms are roofed in the same way, I had thought it was down to bad workmanship, but I have had to revise my thinking on that one, I think it is probably the Colombian way of using just 1/4” planking that is the problem, there is not enough strength in the timber to stop the movement, especially in the heat.

This is something I am going to have to live with, I can’t do anything to change it, I wish in a way I had gone with my second choice of using plywood sheets, or as they call it here triplex, but I guess in time that to, would have started to degrade.

Is there an answer? I’m not sure, but I didn’t find it, and will just have to live with the roof of the gazebo moving in every direction at will. However so far I am very pleased with the performance of the brads!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 01-24-2015 05:10 PM


I’ve had 2×4’s sit outside and adjust. Had one that bowed so bad it looked like a bow! Treated fast grown pine is the worst. Turns into spaghetti! In Hawaii the common plywood was mahogany!

Is there a stable home grown wood down there?

Off the top of my head….insulation and tiles ?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 01-24-2015 11:03 PM


I agree, I think this is fast grown pine, all the pine here seems to have the same problem, mahogany is the timber of choice here, they use it for construction, but for some reason, and I presume it is weight, pine is used to line roofs.

I think that there would have to be a lot more timber inserted before I would entertain tiles, I tried it once with the old one, and it nearly ended up in the pool, we ended up stripping it off again in the dark!

I bouight PVC panels this morning, so that’s what will go on, as for the pine, if it gets too bad, I might line the underneath of the rafters with plywood to hide what is above!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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