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All About The Different Types Of Nails

The most basic of fasteners, nails are essential for construction jobs where the extra strength and expense of a screw is unnecessary. Common nails are for general use and are available in many sizes — if thickness of material allows it, choose one that is at least three times longer than the depth of the thinner material being nailed. Specialty nails, traditional nails, and brads are designed for specific tasks or finishes and are made in sizes suitable for their purpose. Most nails are simply hammered in, although where wood is likely to split, or very close to an edge, you may sometimes need to drill a pilot hole slightly smaller than the diameter of the nail.