LumberJocks

Pneumatic nailing gun casing nails

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by willhime posted 01-28-2017 06:04 PM 528 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View willhime's profile

willhime

99 posts in 1377 days


01-28-2017 06:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip question resource

I’m decking with a friend and we’re using casing head nails for every board. Hammering them all in by hand. The owner wants specifically casing head nails used because of their sleek profile. We assumed there’s no gun that will fire casing head nails but I’m wondering just in case someone knows something we don’t.

-- Burn your fire for no witness


7 replies so far

View TxMoose's profile

TxMoose

4 posts in 1415 days


#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

View RogR's profile

RogR

107 posts in 703 days


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

Why nails and not screws?

View Shawn Masterson's profile

Shawn Masterson

1322 posts in 1787 days


#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.

View Lazyman's profile

Lazyman

1505 posts in 1225 days


#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.

View MrRon's profile (online now)

MrRon

4496 posts in 3082 days


#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.

View JayT's profile

JayT

5455 posts in 2049 days


#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.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

View devann's profile

devann

2246 posts in 2530 days


#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.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com