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Nails Buying Guide

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Nails Buying Guide

Out of all the tools one may use at home, nails are among the most used, but still buying a nail stands tough due to the numerous shapes and sizes of nails. Various types of nails are used for different tasks, making it very important for picking the right nail for the right job.

  • Magnetic Wristband
  • Bobby Pin Nail Holder
  • Hammers
  • Nail Guns
  • Air-Nailer
  • Pneumatic Nailer
  • Organizing a Tool Belt

  • Framing Nails
  • Roofing Nails
  • Round Head Nails
  • Masonry Nails
  • Drywall Nail
  • Annular Ring Shank
  • Siding Nails
  • Cap Nails
  • Upholstery Nails
  • Corrugated
  • Staple
  • Cut Clasp

  • Round wire nail.
  • Oval wire nail.
  • Round or lost head nail.
  • Tack.
  • Panel pin. Cut floor brad.
  • Masonary Nail. Square twisted nail.
  • Annular nail.
  • Cloat head nail.
  • Spring-head roofing nail.
  • Corrugated fastener.
  • Cut clasp nail.
  • Hardboard nail.
  • Sprig.
  • Upholstery nail.
  • Staple.

Basic to Expert, depending on the project.

Depending on the project, nails are usually inexpensive.

If it’s time to fix an old chair, or to build a shelf afresh, there is a nail for every job. Very commonly we see a thin nail used for digging inside the wall and it bends; while a thick hammer-head nail used to nail inside the wood and it causes breakage. There are endless such cases which make a person feel the need to know nails. For that reason, we bring to you the compact information about nails:

  • Types of nails
  • Installation of nails
  • Tips while buying nails

Types of Nails

Most laymen understand thin, flat, thick-head, small or long kind of terms for nails. But, when you go to buy nails, these terms might not be enough to bring the right one home. Below are most common types of nails:

Bright nails: These types of nails are used in trimming tasks, like giving the last touch to the furniture. One quick thing to remember about bright nails is that they do not have any rust-resistant coating, hence are exposed negatively to weather changes.

Galvanized nails: As the term coins, the galvanized nails have a zinc coating around them, as they are treated with electrolysis. This makes them more resistant to weather changes and rusting.

Masonry nails: These are soft nails and should not be used when high-power job is to be done, like working with stone or bricks. In masonry nails, one gets three shapes: square, round and fluted, and could be used for wood or lighter material.

Drywall nails: Generally ringed and indented, these nails have a greater holding power and are used for heavier tasks.

Installation of Nails

Ideally, hammers or nail guns are used most commonly for drilling the nails in. But, this also depends upon the type of nail. The slimmer and softer nails would most probably need a nail gun to be punched in, while heavier ones are capable enough to hold the pressure of a hammer as well. Some soft nails, in absence of nail gun could also be drilled by taking support of wooden log first pinched in and later stamped with a hammer.

Tips While Buying Nails

  • The first thing you need to know is the length of the loop where the nail needs to be fit in. Keep in mind the rule of buying a nail – the nail should be thrice longer the space it has to get in.
  • If you aren’t a professional person to deal with nails and fittings day-in and day-out, a box with various types of nail-sizes might be the best choice for you. You may select one or the other by trial and error method to see which one fits in.
  • If you are buying from a local store, you might not worry much about the nail-quality, which is severely important, but if you have to buy a set of nails online, you might look at the ratings of the seller to know the overall feedback about the quality. Making sure that the quality of nails is tested would ensure that your fittings last longer.
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