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Forum topic by BlasterStumps posted 08-30-2019 09:52 PM 350 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-30-2019 09:52 PM

I might be calling it a pin nailer when it possibly is not. Here is what I am trying to find out. I was working on a deck that was constructed back in 1990. When removing some of the boards, I found that they had been toe nailed with a 3-1/2” thin galvanized nail with a small head. Almost half size of a round head nail but still 3-1/2” long. They probably don’t make such guns any longer and it is probably not compliance with code but I sure would like know what brand/model they were. In my opinion, which counts for very little I’m sure, they just seemed better to toe nail with than a round head. If I knew what I was looking for, I would keep an eye out for one and some fasteners. I see nailers for sale now and again. Anyone have or know what tool I am trying to describe?

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado


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#1 posted 08-30-2019 11:08 PM

Was it just small in diameter, or was it crescent shaped? Some guns use partial-head nails instead of full round head.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 08-31-2019 12:36 AM

I should have showed a picture of the nail in my first post. Here is one next to a 21º round head I was shooting to toe nail some joists for this deck. Really too big in dia. The thin nail is a lot nicer. Doesn’t have a tendency to split the wood so easy I don’t think. Anyway, this picture might help someone ID the tool and fastener. I stand corrected, I think the smaller nails are 3-1/4” not 3-1/2”. They are not clipped head nails.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#3 posted 08-31-2019 01:17 AM

Not what I was think of. That looks like an ordinary finish nail. Are you sure they used a nail gun?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 08-31-2019 01:29 PM

Could be a finish nail but at 3” length it is a little longer than I have seen.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#5 posted 08-31-2019 02:03 PM



Could be a finish nail but at 3” length it is a little longer than I have seen.

- BlasterStumps

Google around a bit. 3 1/2” and even 4” are pretty common.

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#6 posted 08-31-2019 02:45 PM

if you are talking about the bottom bent nail in the photo with the arrow,
I vote for the standard finishing nail that is driven in by hand. not a nailer.

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