Paper tape is generally used for 30 through 34 degree framing nails and has a strip of paper with glue holding the fasteners together. Paper tape nails contribute to a cleaner job site because the paper around the fastener is driven into the wood along with the fastener, instead of around the job site. Paper tape also reduces the risk of having material stuck under the nail head leaving the top part of the fastener exposed. However, they are sometimes easy to break apart and do not work well in wet or moist conditions because the paper can become soggy.
Plastic collated nails, also known as plastic strip nails or plastic collated framing nails, are the most economical type of framing nails. The nails are held together with plastic strip or band to prevent deterioration due to weather conditions or high humidity. The collation are angled to accommodate the overlapping heads, and the angles are available in 0°, 15°, 20°, 21°, 22° and so on. Our plastic collated nails, with smooth, ring or screw shank, are widely used in most wood applications to provide efficient operation and excellent holding power. Besides, there are stainless steel plastic collated nails for cedar or redwood to prevent staining.
Framing is a phase of the construction process which involves building the shape or "frame" of the intended product. During this phase, 2 inch boards of varying lengths are fastened together to build the skeleton of the structure. This means constructing the frames for walls, windows, doorways, and roofs. This part of the building/construction process requires specific types of nails in order to properly fasten and secure the structure. These nails are often referred to as "framing nails."
Framers use various lengths and types of nails during this phase of rough construction, depending on the precise nature of their immediate project. Whether it be setting the main frame and structure of the walls or roof, fastening the studs, building a corner, or constructing a doorway. The types of nails that are used for each of these specific things are important for the strength and function, and the nails need to be a specific length or diameter, or need to have some other quality that makes them perfect for their intended use.
Framing typically involves the use of 2 inch boards, which means that they are 2 inches deep. These 2 inch pieces of lumber can have any number of different lengths or widths. Whether these boards are fastened face to face, side to side, or top to bottom, etc. will determine what length of nail the framer will have to use. There are other factors to consider as well, such as whether each part of the framing project will be for the interior or exterior of the structure, what types of forces may come into contact with the nails and their associated lumber, or whether the nails will be driven using hand tools or power tools.
Framing nails are what come to mind when most people imagine a standard nail. They are unassuming objects with a sharp point on one end and a broad, flat head on the other. The circular head makes framing nails easy to drive into wood with a hammer. These are different from finishing nails, which have a very small space to strike as you drive it in, and are much smaller and thinner overall. Finishing nails are used for more delicate work, such as securing carpet to a floor while framing nails are larger and stronger, being used to secure the support structure of a building.
Whether you are looking to build a small shed, an exterior garage, a full-blown home, or are simply interested in learning the details of the construction process, knowing which nails to use and when to use them is important. It could make the difference between your project being a total failure or a success that you can be proud of for years to come. Here is a list of commonly asked questions concerning framing nails, followed by some straight and to the point answers and explanations.