FENCING - Screws or Nails??

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  1. Belboz

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    Hello all,

    Have posted in the TOOLS AND MATERIALS section in relation to my intended purchase of a nailer for numerous projects.

    Garden-wise, I have two projects - fencing (featheredge) and a shed (shiplap)

    On the subject of fencing, whilst researching nailers, I came across a lot of information suggesting that screws may be better than nails for the fencing.

    I will be purchasing a nailer anyway (for other projects if not for the fencing etc.) but wanted to know your expert views on whether SS screws were better than nails for attaching the featheredge to the arris rails.

    If they ARE then do they need a pilot hole to prevent them splitting the wood?

    Thanks in advance.

    B
     
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    Nails - screws are way over the top in my view. Just replaced 120' of featheredge in my garden. The old fence was at least 40 years old and the nails were still holding on.
     
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    Those nails used in pallets are strong, I break lots of pallets for fire wood & those serrated nails are so strong, don't know what they are called.
     
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    ringshank??
     
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    You want galvanised ring shank nails.
     
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    The trick is to cut up the pallet around the nails, and collect the nails from the grate afterwards.

    Cheers
    Richard
     
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    Yeah, depends on the fence, but I have basically only nailed. Even for post and rail fences, you just use the bit 100mm galv nails....

    Only exception is bodging panel fencing that is time expired, where nailing it would totally shagg the job but odd screws can get another 18months life out of the dam things.

    Daniel
     
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    I do, then I reuse the nails, (yes they are a bit soft)
     
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