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  • Everything To Know About Galvanized Nails - And Using Them

    Why use galvanized nails? The quick answer, to slow down the process of rusting and corrosion, by protecting the nail with a zinc coating. Galvanized steel nails will eventually rust (use stainless steel nails to completely prevent rust), but the galvanization (zinc coat) will prolong the nail's lifespan - as compared to non-coated alternatives. Because the cost of stainless steel is often two or three times that of galvanized steel, many contractors elect for the galvanized product in regions where building code doesn't specify otherwise.

    So, you've decided to use a galvanized nail, but now need to determine which type of galvanized coating to use.

    There are two main types of galvanized nail that you'll find on Nail Gun Depot, either Hot-Dip Galvanized (HDG), or Electro-Galvanized (EG). Other types of galvanization can include tumbler hot galvanizing and mechanical zinc plating (also known as peen-plating). You may also see certain galvanized products listed as 1000 hours galvanized, which indicates those items are rated to withstand 1000 hours - or more - of salt spray testing.

    Hot Dipped Galvanized nails are the highest quality of galvanization available, offering 1.7 mils minimum zinc coating thickness, evenly covering all nail surfaces from head to tip - and offering a 30-50+ year lifespan. The process for hot-dip galvanizing includes cleaning the steel body, submerging the nail into molten zinc, and spinning it to remove excess coating. Perfect for use indoor and outdoor, HDG nails provide a good balance of cost and quality. And, an added benefit, the coarse zinc particles offer added "cling" to whatever surface they come in contact with - providing additional holding strength.

    For the highest quality galvanized nail, look to see if it is ACQ approved, which indicates the nail can be used with ACQ pressure treated lumber. For HDG nails, ensure the nail meets ASTM A153 specifications for hot dipped galvanizing.

    For applications where lower quality galvanization is suitable, Electro-Galvanized nails are among the thinnest coating, at 0.36 mils maximum. Ideal for indoor applications, the EG coating has an average lifespan of 5-10+ years depending on the environment. Similar to HDG, Electro-Galvanized nails are also bathed in zinc, but with an electric current that charges the zinc acid and attaches it to the nail's body.

    Despite the benefits to using a galvanized nail, there are certain types of wood, such as cedar or redwood, where galvanized nails (especially those with a lower quality galvanization) will quickly rust and streak the surface, due to a chemical reaction with the wood. We typically recommend using stainless steel nails if working with these types of wood, for a guaranteed high-quality finish.

    When ordering, if you're looking specifically for Hot Dipped Galvanized nails, pay close attention to the product description. More often than not, if a nail is labelled as galvanized, but does not specifically indicate Hot-Dip Galvanized (HDG) anywhere, the nail is probably coated with a lesser quality galvanization, such as Electro-Galvanized (EG).

    Most nails offered through Nail Gun Depot are listed specifically by the type of material, coating, or galvanization they are manufactured with. For additional questions regarding which type of nail or staple is best for your project, consult a product specialist here. You can also learn more by visiting the American Galvanizers Association.

    Of course, always know the building codes and requirements for the area with which you are planning to work.

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Video: Introducing The Grabber SuperDrive N7 Screw System

    A game-changer in auto-feed fastening, the Grabber SuperDrive N7 series screw gun kit (SDN740DT) comes complete with the SDN7 screw gun attachment, Rocker 4000 RPM screw gun motor, drywall clip and Phillips bits. The SDN740DT features a smaller head design ideal for tighter spaces, SureLock fine depth control adjustment, durable aircraft aluminum body, and a rounded tip on the attachment that will not damage drywall or wood. The N7 series tool uses a widely accepted tape collation system, holding up to 50 screws per strip. The SuperDrive N7 SDN740DT corded screw system is recommended for drywall, sub floor, sheathing to wood or metal, light or heavy gauge metal, wood to wood, and metal to metal applications.

    SuperDrive SDN7 screw gun attachments are designed with a snap-on coupler, making it easy to attach with select Dewalt, Makita and Rocker corded and cordless drivers. No separate couplers or conversion adapters required - simply snap-on the Grabber SDN7 attachment. Featuring a smaller head design, this SuperDrive attachment uses a widely accepted tape collation, and can hold 50 screws per strip. The SDN7 indexing head is excellent for drywall and sheathing to wood or metal, metal to metal, light or heavy gauge metal, subfloor, and wood to wood applications. Learn how to use the SuperDrive SDN7 screw gun attachment below.

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Top 5 Woodworking Gifts For Father's Day 2017

    Having a hard time shopping for Dad? Skip the macaroni art and surprise him with a gift he can actually use. Priced for budgets of all sizes, take a look at our Top 5 Woodworking Gifts For Father's Day 2017.

    Small budget? Shopping for the Dad that has it all? Consider an accessory or attachment for the tool(s) he has already. If he prefers to use air-powered tools, consider a new air hose. With prices ranging from $29 to $100+, there are plenty of options to choose from. For the tech savvy Dad, going cordless, consider a spare battery for his cordless nailer or stapler.

    If shopping with a slightly larger budget, consider getting Dad a complete cordless kit. Thanks to Hitachi, from now through July 31, 2017, you can get a FREE DS18DSAL cordless drill kit via mail-in form, when purchasing any of Hitachi's all-new Li-Ion cordless finish nailers (models include NT1850DE, NT1865DM, and NT1865DMA). Even better, we're throwing in an additional spare Li-Ion nailer battery instantly with participating tool purchase. Free mail-in drill kit includes DS18DSAL cordless driver drill, Li-Ion cordless LED job light, 2 Li-Ion batteries, and battery charging base. All-in, Dad will get 4 Hitachi Li-Ion batteries, a cordless drill, LED work light - and of course, the Hitachi cordless nailer. Whether you split this kit up, keep part for yourself, or give him the full package, Dad won't find a deal like this anywhere else.

    Hitachi Cordless Nailer Sale

    Maybe finish woodwork isn't Dad's thing? If he's into heavy carpentry, consider a framing nailer for Dad. For a limited-time, Nail Gun Depot is offering the Dewalt DCN692M1 at its lowest price yet - click here to see more - while supplies last. You can also check out our full catalog of framing nail guns here.

    Dewalt DCN692M1 Framing Nailer

    Dad stocked up on fastening tools? A "must-have" in every woodshop, make sure Dad has an accurate measuring level. With options ranging from $10 to $1,000+, Stabila offers premium quality construction levels and laser levels - ensuring Dad the precision his projects demand. Choose from a wide variety of levels and lasers, including a full selection of spirit levels, mason levels, magnetic levels, plate levels, pocket levels, torpedo levels, exact length levels, electronic levels and more.

    Stabila Tech Level

    Last, but certainly not least, for the Dad that's getting started in woodworking, consider a tool and air compressor combo kit, such as the Senco PC0947 brad nailer and compressor combo set, or the Bostitch BTFP72646 3-tool finish kit with air compressor. The beauty to combo kits, such as these? They include everything Dad will need, to get started with woodworking. Simply plug in the compressor, hook up the tool, and he's ready to go.

    A Father's Day gift to all, use promo code FIVEOFF during checkout to receive 5% off your entire order!

    Wishing A Happy Father's Day To You & Yours,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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