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#1 posted 02-03-2017 02:12 AM

Yes you can buy 3” ring shank casing nail for a nail gun. I have some made by Duo-Fast.

That said, The owner is making a mistake using casing nails for attaching deck boards.

Years ago, I had a friend use galvanized casing 16d nails to secure his deck boards. The heat/cool cycles causes the nail to back out. For years my friend had to pound the nails back down flush with the deck. It’s was very annoying, only exceeded by the occasional nail that had backed out and then was stepped on by a bare foot.

I like to use Teflon coated screws. They can be applied without drilling a pilot hole. Galvanized or zinc coated need a pilot hole, has they tend to snap into when no pilot hole is made. The Teflon screws are self tapping. They also come in different colors. There are some deck screws I’ve used that have a smaller profile head. They are composite deck screws. Good luck.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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