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08-19-2020 08:21 PM

We are getting ready to build a deck and I was planning on using structural screws for everything. Is it worth the money for a framing nailer or spend extra for structural screws?

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#1 posted 08-19-2020 08:39 PM

For my minimal usage, I have a harbor freight framing nailer. It has been very adequate. If you have an air compressor that is.

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#2 posted 08-19-2020 09:10 PM

I found my heavy duty Senco framer at my local Pawn Shop for $60.00.
have run about 20 pounds of 3” nails through it and it is still good.
but – like any second hand tool – it is buyer beware. (just tossing out an option).


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#3 posted 08-19-2020 09:32 PM

I use a framing nailer. I’ve built a number of large decks. A lot quicker for sure. But I have another recommendation. They’ve got these 4 1/2” and 6” structural screws now. Long ago we used carriage bolts for railing posts. I use these for that plus the ends of joists. They will take the place of 3/8” lag bolts. And with a good powered screw driver they go in really well. They’re called ‘Headlock’ screws. They’ve got them at HD.

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#4 posted 08-19-2020 10:36 PM

IMHO – only use screws for wood decks. Structural screws for joist.

I have to remove and reattach too many deck boards to use nails anymore, so I only use screws. Especially if deck too low to ground for you to get underneath and remove a dead skunk or two every spring thaw. BTDTGTTS

Don’t get me wrong, my HF 21° framing nailer is cheap, easy to use, and has deposited ~5 boxes nails on various projects so far. But removing those ring shank nails leaves a big hole, and looks ugly the 2nd time you nail down deck boards.

Probably my OCD and the engineer in me that wants the screws, so YMMV.

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#5 posted 08-19-2020 11:03 PM

Name brand nailers are not a good investment for one time use,
imo. I’d go with something cheaper like a HF suggested above.

Nailers are funny tools in that the seals wear out in time and replacement
parts availability issues can make older nailers into boat anchors.
HF nailers may not be worth fixing but all reports tend to trend
towards them being basic but effective.

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#6 posted 08-19-2020 11:16 PM

for a deck id screw everything much stronger and better than nails.simpson strongtie makes a complete line of struc screws that are very corrosion it right the first time or youl’ll regret it later.

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#7 posted 08-20-2020 02:55 PM

Thanks for all the thoughts guys!

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#8 posted 08-22-2020 04:28 AM

Have you tried to buy pressure treated lumber recently ?

You might be in for a surprise.

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#9 posted 08-22-2020 01:40 PM

IF you can find it, the prices are noticably higher. My local Menards racks are almost empty. The suppliers are working less, and demand is up from homeowners with time to build that project.

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