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Posted: 6/21/2017 6:06:39 PM EDT
Since the "general" forum has become my go-to place for all internet wisdom, I have a question for you guys:

I'll be hanging boards on a corral fence this weekend. I was planning to use my nail gun to drive 3-1/2" ring shank galvanized nails through the 2x6 into 6" round pressure-treated posts. But my local Home Depot and Lowes don't have 3-1/2" ring-shank nails!

So, would I be better off using thinner, 3" galvanized ring-shank nails, or fatter, 3-1/4" smooth galvanized nails?
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 6:57:59 PM EDT
I would personally use the 3" ring shank nails.
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 7:09:30 PM EDT
use what you can find at a price you can live with...add an extra nail...I built a lotta of fence
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 8:50:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/21/2017 8:52:20 PM EDT by Thallo]
Go with the 3"ring shanked nail

Edit for the damn auto correct.
Link Posted: 6/21/2017 9:13:49 PM EDT
I would personally only use the nails to hold the boards in place so I could follow behind and screw them on with deck screws.
Link Posted: 6/26/2017 12:52:33 PM EDT
Managed to find some 3 1/4" ring-shank nails, so that's what I went with. Had a couple hit knots or something, so weren't driven all the way. I couldn't pull them back out (just tore the head off), so I think they ought to hold.

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Link Posted: 6/26/2017 12:58:51 PM EDT
Good looking job Op. That happens sometimes with those nails.  Sometimes you can drive them in with a hammer more often than not they just bend.
Link Posted: 6/26/2017 1:10:44 PM EDT
Are you going to trim that post?

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Link Posted: 6/26/2017 1:13:27 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By callgood:
Are you going to trim that post?

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Yeah, still have to go through with a chain saw and trim all the posts. I sit at a desk and type on a computer for a living, so hanging the boards was all that I could handle in one weekend!
Link Posted: 6/26/2017 1:17:49 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By bigdaddyflo:
I would personally use the 3" ring shank nails.
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This OP..more then likely the fatter nails will lead to splitting boards..if you do use the fatter nails..blunt the tips first..that way when installed they drive a plug out of the wood instead of wedging the wood...7 years working for a fence company...
Link Posted: 6/26/2017 1:36:56 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Fairplay:
I would personally only use the nails to hold the boards in place so I could follow behind and screw them on with deck screws.
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