What size nails to use for OSB sheathing?
Fasten panels with a minimum of 8d Common (0.131-inch by 2-1/2-inch) nails spaced a maximum of 6 inches on center at supported panel ends and edges. At intermediate supports, fasten panels 12 inches on center. In high-wind areas, more fasteners may be required.
To frame standard stud walls, carpenters may use a combination 16d, 10d and 8d nails. Common 16d framing nails, called "commons," measure roughly .162 of an inch in diameter and 3 1/2 inches in length. Vinyl-coated 16d sinkers measure roughly .148 of an inch around and 3 1/2 inches long.
- But don't write off screws altogether. They have stronger holding abilities (tensile strength) than nails and can draw pieces together. The best example for when to use a nail versus screw is building a deck. Nails are used to attach the joists to the deck framing, and screws are used to fasten the deck to the frame.
- The Right Nail For The Job
Box Length Diam. 10d 3 0.128 12d 3.25 0.128 16d 3.5 0.135 20d 4 0.148
- Nails are made of brass, aluminum, and copper, though most often of steel. The steel may be plain or galvanized, the latter being the right choice for damp applications where a rust-resistant nail is required.
16d Nails. All 16d nails are 3 1/2 inches long. Use them to fasten framing materials at right angles, such as wall plates to studs or rim joists to joists for floor or deck frames.
- How to Use A Plumb Bob
- Measure two to three few inches away from the top of the wall, and make a mark.
- Set a nail in the mark.
- Hang the plumb bob on the nail, letting gravity draw a vertical reference line for you.
- When the plumb bob is done oscillating, measure the distance from the wall.
- If I had to guess I'd say an average would be 32 inches. Standard doors come in sizes from 24 inches to 36 inches. Front doors are commonly 36 inches. Side and back doors are commonly 32 or 34 inches.
- Bathroom door size. A standard bathroom door is 32 inches (81cm). If you're working with a really small space you could bring the door width down to 28 inches or 71cm, even down to 24 inches or 61cm as an absolute minimum (note - small doors are should only be used for bathrooms, closets and utility rooms).
A 2d nail is 1 inch long and a 3d nail is 1.25 inches long. 4d nails measure 1.5 inches and 5d nails measure 1.75. A 6d nail is 2 inches long and an 8d nail is 2.5 inches long. 12d nails are 3.25 inches long and 16d nails (16 penny) are 3.5 inches long.
- Framing nails are used in building walls, roofs, applying sheathing, sub-flooring, and just about everywhere construction lumber is used. Here are a selection of nails from my nail carry around. From left to right are a 16d Duplex, a 16d sinker, a 10d common, a 10d box, a 8d sinker, a 6d common, and a 6d box nail.
- Number of Nails per Pound by Type
Size Common Finish 6D 190 300 8D 105 200 10D 70 120 12D 50 90
- Brad nailers use what are called brads (hence the name). Brads are essentially a thinner gauge of nail used to attach lightweight trim. ?The great advantage of using a brad nailer vs finish nailer is that because brads are thin gauged and the head is much smaller, you won't have to use wood putty to cover the hole.
Updated: 20th September 2018