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Forum topic by bigmike2258 posted 10-19-2008 06:23 PM 901 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2008 06:23 PM

hello fellow woodworkers,

I am in the process of building a wood fence(treated lumber).A few years ago I received a porter-cable framing nailer as a gift….....I would love to use it to nail the boards onto the crosspieces….....Can anyone tell me what type of nails I should be using?The nailer will shoot 2inch nails.which is perfect lengh,but who sels them and what type and material?.............thank you for any advice you can give me.


-- bigmike lover in Ohio

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#1 posted 10-19-2008 07:02 PM

you can get the nails to fit at most any hardware or building supply place. I’d go with galvanized nails if you can find them. they won’t rust. have fun, that framing nailer will save your shoulder and elbow.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#2 posted 10-19-2008 08:33 PM

thanks Joey….......I’ll try a hardware store next…....home depot has no nails less than 2 3/8” long…...funny because every framing nailer they sell has a range of 2’ to 3 1/2”

-- bigmike lover in Ohio

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#3 posted 10-19-2008 09:14 PM

Hi is it for framing or finishing sounds like a gun more suited to finish cabinet making with max size of 2” anyway first thing to find out is nail gauge the use different gauges the smaller the number the thicker the nail so 16gauge is thicker than 18 gauge and so on good luck.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 10-19-2008 11:18 PM

try lowes. thats where i get all my nails for my brad nailer. the lowes near me has a whole half an aisle devoted to just nail gun nails.

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#5 posted 10-20-2008 12:05 AM

its a framing nailer…...the minimum size is 2 inches

-- bigmike lover in Ohio

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#6 posted 10-20-2008 01:50 AM

2” galvanized nails is all you need and shoot them on a bit of a angle , they will hold better .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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