We have two cedar gates. They are built on a welded 1-1/2" square
tubular steel frame. The boards are nailed to the steel! How did
they do that? Maybe a cement gun and nails? I need to replace the
wood, but don't know how to proceed.
Try prying off the boards, to see exactly how they are attached. They may or
may not be nails. If there are holes in the steel, you can reattach boards
using self threading screws slightly larger than the holes, such as galv
On Sat, 12 Mar 2005 16:38:48 -0800, "Roger Taylor"
Some of the boards are loose. That's why I need to fix it. They look
exactly like nails. There are no holes in the steel other than what
the "nails" made. I guess I could just cut the nails off, drill new
holes, and use metal screws.
The Remington powder-actuated will work, but I've never found a
Remington twist or barbed shank fastener...I tried it w/ the replacement
truck bed and they worked loose quite quickly--of course a fence doesn't
have the vibration so it may work...
Are you completely replacing all the wood?
If so I would slightly modify the the design.
I would Tek screw (counter bored for subflush installation) a wood
nailer to the steel frame.
Then gun nail (I'd use SS 15 or 16 gage "finish nails") at 45deg
alternating to lock the face boards onto the nailers. Bright or even
galv fasterners can leave unslightly stains on exposed wood structures.
On Sun, 13 Mar 2005 14:19:57 -0700, Dick <LeadWinger> wrote:
I'll answer my own question. I see what they are now. I think I
could use them to directly attach the wood to the steel tubing. Right
now I only want to re-attach some boards that have come loose. If I
completely rebuild the gate some day, I will consider making the wood
sub-frame. Thanks for the idea.
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