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Tag Archives: Collated Screws
  • How To Choose The Correct Screw For Your Project

    Collated screws from Senco, Quik Drive and other manufacturers come in several shapes and sizes - each intended for a specific use. Every collated screw is designed to fulfill its own niche application. Find out which screw is right for you when you enter the Nail Gun Network.
    How To Choose A Screw
    Just like you would classify a nail, a screw can be broken down by its head, thread and tip. Screws can be divided down further by coating, material and color. Considering this, here's a break down of typical screw features based on the application of its intended use.

    Drywall

    Drywall screws need to provide enough holding power to keep drywall board firmly in its place, but don't necessarily need the same rigidity and coating as a screw that would be used for an exterior application. Most drywall screws will have a bugle head with a Phillips drive. The bugle head allows the screw to sink flesh with the drywall board surface. The thread and tip will determine the type of material the drywall board is being fastened to. For drywall to wood screws, a sharp point tip paired with coarse threads is relatively common. For drywall to steel, a drill point tip is more common.
    Senco Drywall Screw Diagram

    Decking

    For an exterior application, such as decking, screws need to not only provide the appropriate holding power - they also need to be durable enough to stand up to the outside elements indefinitely. Collated deck screws from Senco or Quik Drive generally feature a square drive, with either flat or capped heads. A sharp point tip and thicker threads will increase holding power and ease of drive. Because these screws will be exposed to moisture and other outside particles, most deck screws come with a manufacturer specific coating to help delay the weathering process. In coastal regions, many builders are required to use stainless steel screws for exterior applications to further prevent deterioration of the fastener.
    Senco Deck Screw Diagram

    SubFloor & Underlayment

    With wood to wood applications, you will typically find that most available screws will have a sharp tip with a flat head and twin threads for additional holding strength. Either zinc, phosphate, galvanization or some form of coating will most likely also be present. The coating will help to improve the overall durability of the screw if it becomes exposed to moisture.
    Quik Drive SubFloor Screw

    Metal Roofing

    Metal roofing screws are a little bit different than those used for wood applications. Metal to metal screws, particularly those used for metal roofing, will have a raised head with threads that run from head to tip. For extra heavy-duty metal roofing applications, you might even find the screw has a washer at the base of its head to help provide even greater holding strength.
    Quik Drive Metal Roofing Screw
    For the average homeowner, you typically won't use anything beyond basic drywall, decking or wood screws. For contractors, depending on the applications you work with, the possibilities are endless.
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  • How To Choose Stainless Steel Fasteners

    Growing in popularity and demand, stainless steel nails, staples and screws are quickly becoming the fastener of choice for premium-quality construction projects. While these fasteners are costlier than those made of other materials - they provide the best protection against rust and other deterioration causing agents. Find out how to select the right grade of stainless steel for your project - here on the Nail Gun Network.
    Stainless Steel Deck Screw
    Before we start, let's take a brief look at stainless steel itself. Stainless steel is composed of high amounts of chromium, the element that provides corrosion resistance and additional strength to stainless. It is chromium that gives the steel its rough, adherent, corrosion resistant surface. Its self-healing properties (if oxygen is present) provide further enhancement. A popular metal for its appearance, stainless steel is now becoming an integral component in quality-construction projects - particularly in coastal regions.
    There are several different grades of stainless steel fastener, however, most contractors will be most familiar with three main classes: 302, 304 and 316. The lower grade option, 302 stainless steel has a greater carbon count, reducing its corrosion resistance. A less expensive form of stainless steel, 302 is softer and more likely to strip. This type of stainless is best used in projects where corrosive agents are less prominent - such as interior projects.
    Stainless Steel Fasteners
    The next major classification, 304 stainless steel is the most widely recognized stainless product available. Known for its balance of nickel and chromium, 304 grade stainless steel is more durable and offers better corrosion resistance than 302 grade. Less expensive than its 316 grade cousin, 304 stainless steel fasteners typically offer the best balance of corrosion resistance, versatility and cost. This grade of stainless steel typically provides an adequate amount of strength and protection in most instances.
    304 Stainless Steel
    An even stronger form of stainless steel, 316 grade stainless is the preferred grade for projects where exposure to high chloride salt is prevalent. Popular in coastal regions, 316 stainless is resistant to chloride corrosion - and is recommended for all seaside applications. The downside to 316 grade stainless, it is costlier than its lower-grade counterparts.
    316 Stainless Steel
    In addition to these three grades, look for 18-8 as a generic grade for stainless steel. The grade of 18-8 can refer to grades ranging from 302-305. Generally, you will not want to go below the rating of 18-8 in terms of stainless steel fasteners.
    Make sure to select the appropriate grade of stainless steel for your project. Depending on the environment of your application, choosing the right grade of stainless steel can determine the long-term quality of your project. To find the appropriate stainless steel fasteners for your tool on Nail Gun Depot, simply search the applicable category of fasteners and choose from items labeled as stainless. Be sure to check back often, as we continue to expand our stainless steel nail, staple and screw product lines.
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  • New On Nail Gun Depot - Tools

    Every now and then, we like to talk about some of the new and exciting tools we've added to our collection, here at Nail Gun Depot. As we wrap up the summer and prepare for fall, let's look at some of our most recent additions to Nail Gun Depot.
    Let's start with a tool for industrial applications, BeA's Bar Code and Label Stapling tool, designed specifically for lumber tagging applications. The BeA 380/10-400 is a 20 gauge bar code & label stapler that is designed for use with 3/8" x 1/2" crown BeA 80 Series fine wire staples. Intended for lumber tagging, this tool is excellent for lumber yards and distribution centers. With a heritage of producing tools for industrial manufacturing, BeA offers a comprehensive selection of manual and automated stapling, corrugated and hog ring tools. The BeA 380/10-400 makes bar code stapling easy, featuring one-handed operation and a compact, full-metal design. This tool applies a label and staple at the same time for fast, efficient use.
    BeA Bar Code Tagging Stapler
    For the DIY'er, renovator or woodworker, check out the Cadex CB18.50A, 18 gauge brad nailer (replaced by Cadex V2/18.50 18 gauge brad nailer). New to Nail Gun Depot, this brad nailer is engineered for smooth, quiet, compact operation. This tool features a unique built-in air blower that can be used to clear dust and debris from an application area. Other features on the CB18.50A include combination trigger for single and bump fire, large magazine window, quick release nose for jam clearing, side-load magazine, adjustable depth, comfort grip handle, rear exhaust, 360 degree movable coupler, no-mar tip, anti-dry fire mechanism, and a carrying case. The Cadex CB18.50A is perfect for furniture, door and window, beading, cabinet and drawer assembly, boat construction, skirting board fixing, wire covers, matchboarding, shoemaking, panel and frame assembly, trim panels and decorative trim.
    Cadex CB18.50A
    Another specialty tool worth looking at, the Jaaco NPCN-7312 wire coil concrete and steel ballistic pin nailer is designed for securing foam/insulation board to steel, concrete or block. This NailPro tool from Jaaco drives 15 degree 1-1/4" to 3-1/2" ballistic pins with optional washers and attachments available. Additional applications for the Jaaco NPCN-7312 include stucco into steel (washer curves to avoid damaging the surface), with knurled pins featuring surface etching to allow for steel penetration and a ballistic or rounded point for entry. Click here to see a tool demonstration.
    Jaaco NPCN-7312
    New technology with an even newer deal, Senco is now offering the DS215-18V DuraSpin cordless screw gun with a FREE 18V cut-out saw, when you purchase a DS215-18V DuraSpin Promo Kit. A limited-quantity deal from Senco, get the best in cordless screw guns with Senco's DS-215 DuraSpin, which is capable of driving up to 2" collated screws with 5,000 RPM's of power. Users agree that this tool is perfect for drywall installation, subflooring, cement board, underlayment, sheathing to steel, metal framing, steel decking and rigid foam insulation. Take advantage now, while supplies last.
     
    Senco DS215-18V DuraSpin Promo Kit
    Another game changer in the screw gun industry, CAMO tools is now offering its Edge Pro hidden fastening system for decks. With just enough time to rehab your deck before winter, the CAMO Edge Pro allows you to seamlessly install a wide variety of wood, composite or PVC 1" to 1-1/2" deckboards, driving each deck screw at a 45 degree angle into the edge of the deckboard - to provide a fastener-free decking surface. Previously available for use with individual screws only, the Edge Pro is designed to drive CAMO 2-3/8" ProTech coated, collated carbon-steel deck screws. Secondary spacers can also be used for additional gap options.
     
    CAMO Edge Pro System
     
     
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  • How To Build A Raised Garden Bed

    Spring has officially sprung, which means it's time to get outside and pick up where you left off on those leftover outdoor projects from last year. One project to consider, learn how to build raised garden beds with the team at Nail Gun Depot.

    An increasing demand for sustainable living has led many people - both rural and urban - to grow their own food. The perfect place to manage and monitor the growth of your food source, especially in urban areas, consider building a raised garden bed to harvest mini-crops. Once built, these sustainable planters will continue to provide a renewable food supply - year after year.

    Building one or two of these large planters is easier than you might think - it only requires a few hours, a nailer or screw gun, fasteners, a power saw, and lumber. Once built, you will want to fill each "box" with a soil and compost mixture, creating a nutrient rich fertilizer that can boost and sustain the growth of your garden. The purpose of these beds is to raise the soil up, creating a built in drainage system and reducing the amount of space needed between plants - helping to crowd out weeds.

    To get started, dig a trench around the space you want to install your raised garden bed(s). The trench should outline the shape of the garden bed, typically designed in a rectangular formation. The size of a raised garden bed can vary, with small ones that are 3' by 6' - ranging to larger ones that can double in size. Typically, these beds should be 1' to 2' high, as it might be hard to produce enough "fill-dirt" if the bed is much deeper. While there is not a "correct" size, you want each garden bed to be small enough that you can reach the center when planting, watering and harvesting.

    Once a trench has been dug out, begin laying your lumber to create a frame that fits into the trench that was formed. Note that if you are using a pressure treated wood (or any lumber that has been exposed to chemicals), you will want to insert a layer of landscape fabric into the bed of the planter to protect against any chemical seepage. Be sure to also use only galvanized or stainless steel nails or screws, to reduce/eliminate rust corrosion.

    Build each wall of your raised garden bed separately, then attach them together at the end of the project. You will want to use either a framing nailer, such as the Hitachi NR83AA3 (replaced by Hitachi NR83AA4), or a collated screw gun, such as the Senco DuraSpin DS-312. Once the walls are in place, you will want to also install a ledge along the frame of the bed, to rest on and/or lay gardening tools.

    Now that your garden bed frame has been built, you can elect to install an irrigation system or greenhouse cover, depending on the budget for your project and the vegetation you are looking to grow. Build your raised garden bed to accommodate the crops you are intending to plant. Tropical plants will require a greenhouse-like environment (including heat in the winter), whereas tomatoes only require sunlight and water from late-spring to early-fall.

    PROJECT NOTE: If you plan to keep any plant alive during the winter, you will need to protect them from the outside elements of colder climate areas.

    After adding your fertilizer mixture and planting your crop, be sure to protect your garden from predators such as deer and other wildlife that will eat your plants. Install a tall wire or chain fence around the garden bed(s) to prevent deer and other wildlife from feeding on your veggies. If budget allows, build an open, small-framed structure around your beds to protect them from animals - without blocking sun and rain from reaching them. You might find a Hog Ring Tool beneficial for fastening the wire.

     

    All that's left to do is tend to your crops and enjoy the sustainable foods that you grew in your backyard.

     

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