I am going to replace some of the boards on my deck and replace some
railings which are bad. I was going to use screws but I have the
opportunity to borrow from my buddy a Porter-Cable nail gun with
compressor. I believe this particular tool is capable of driving nails
with heads on them. I thought it would be faster and easier but was
wondering what opinions everyone has.
Screws hold better. Ceramic coated screws stand up to treated lumber
very well. Treated lumber is usually yellow pine which has a well
known tendency to warp. Even ring or screw shank nails won't hold it
I've got all manner of pneumatic fastening equipment and I'd use
screws in this application (it also makes repairs over time easier to
(Remove the Primes before e-mailing me)
Screws are best. You can get all manner of deck screws at www.mcfeelys.com
They have better quality that the big box stores. If you want to do a
patch job and move next years, nails will be OK, but be sure you get the
proper ones that will hold up on a deck.
I've found the ceramic ones are thin and with a bit of corrosion they
will snap off instead of comeing out. If you change them every couple
of years before they corrode too much you might be OK but after 20 years
most will just snap off when you attempt to remove them.
Free men own guns, slaves don't
In addition to the good advice you've already gotten regarding the superiority
of screws over nails, I'd like to suggest that if you've never used a nail gun
before, you might want to Google up some information about nail gun accidents.
Then evaluate whether you *really* want to use one. I'm not saying they're
unsafe, I'm just pointing out that a lot of inexperienced people manage to
find unbelievably creative ways of hurting themselves with nail guns. Don't be
one of them.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Nobody ever left footprints in the sands of time by sitting on his butt.
And who wants to leave buttprints in the sands of time?
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.