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Pneumatic nailing gun casing nails

by willhime
posted 01-28-2017 06:04 PM

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#1 posted 01-28-2017 06:18 PM

Looks like Simpson has some here is a link
Eastside Lumber and Decking, Donovan Millworks, and Home Depot show up on the dealer locator

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#2 posted 01-29-2017 02:43 AM

Why nails and not screws?

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#3 posted 01-31-2017 02:14 AM

I’m not really sure what a casing head nail is. A Google search it looks to me like a 15 ga trim nail.

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#4 posted 01-31-2017 02:28 AM

Closest thing that I am aware of for nail gun is a finish nail which is probably too wimpy for decking.

How about something like this instead. It will give you small holes like a casing nail but much more holding power and IMO easier installation than case nails. Otherwise regular deck screws would last longer.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#5 posted 01-31-2017 05:39 PM

I would ask the owner why he wants casing nails, and tell him the right way to go. Casing nails have a head that is designed to result in a smooth splinter free hole in interior casing work. Casing nails do not have a lot of gripping power. That makes them unsuitable for decking. Casing nails are used for interior casing work like moldings, baseboards and trim. Their length is usually limited to 2-1/2” and are 15 or 16 gauge. The best fasteners for a deck are screws. Nails will eventually pull up or pull through. That owner needs education as to woodworking construction, something he is ignorant about.

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#6 posted 01-31-2017 05:45 PM

Decks need to be fastened with screws. Boards fastened with nails of any kind will work loose in just a few seasons. More so with casing nails that, as MrRon said, have very little holding power. If the owner is wanting a clean look on the top, then a hidden fasting system can be used. Something like the Camo system is quick, simple and able to be used with real wood.

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#7 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.

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