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tomyeagley
nails or screws?

When connecting wood to wood when should I use nails and when should I use screws (and what about glue?)?

canuk
Re: nails or screws?

Your question is a little vaque -----
screws have by far better holding power than nails ---- use of adhesives is always desiarable for extra strength.
However, if you are asking about cabinet work you wouldn't use glues or nails in floating panels . In many cases glue is used for joints and held in place with nails while the glue sets ---- or clamped instead of nailed.
Screws wouldn't be used unless they were located in places that are hidden from view.

A. Spruce
Re: nails or screws?

As Canuk points out, it would depend on the application and the preferences of the installer. Without more specifics, a clearer answer cannot be offered.

canuk
Re: nails or screws?

I believe you can use screws as long as the specs are the same as nails.

A. Spruce
Re: nails or screws?
canuk wrote:

I believe you can use screws as long as the specs are the same as nails.

Next you'll be spec'ing staples and caulk for drywall ... :p;)

ed21
Re: nails or screws?
A. Spruce wrote:

Next you'll be spec'ing staples and caulk for drywall ... :p;)

That's a blast from the past.:)
I wonder what happened to him.

A. Spruce
Re: nails or screws?
ed21 wrote:

That's a blast from the past.:)
I wonder what happened to him.

He quit lurking when we quit giving him bait and attention. Seems that's the guy's MO, to go around to different forums to start poop. I just had to give our Great Nort friend a little ribbing. :D

Sten
Re: nails or screws?
jkirk wrote:

if your dealing with structural such as a bearing wall or hanging floor joists you can not use screws, screws do not have shear strength meaning they will snap before the bend. spikes (long nails) are used for this application, they will bend before they break which is far safer

I agree with jkirk, they snap real easy, just my two cents.

Hey you related to Captain Kirk? :D

canuk
Re: nails or screws?
A. Spruce wrote:

He quit lurking when we quit giving him bait and attention. Seems that's the guy's MO, to go around to different forums to start poop. I just had to give our Great Nort friend a little ribbing. :D

Geez --- you're just evil ;):p:D

canuk
Re: nails or screws?
jkirk wrote:

lol, depends on which one, if its james T no i am not. but captain ted paddy kirk of the scottish navy from the 1920's yes, hes the one that brought the bloodline to canada. [COLOR=black]left the navy to become a rumrunner[/COLOR]

Ah --- that explains it ;)

canuk
Re: nails or screws?
Sten wrote:

I agree with jkirk, they snap real easy, just my two cents.

So --- tell me how screws that are manufactured using the same or better metals as nails have less shear strength?

Perhaps when you over torque them is when you see them snap.
Have you ever snapped the head off a bolt --- the same bolt that has significant shear strength?

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