The air pressure in the tank will determine if you can shoot a nail with it. Source FWIW everything you ever wanted to know about pressure treated wood here.
Use 6-d 2-inch rink shank nails to fasten pickets and infill boards.
Air nails for pressure treated wood. Wood is placed inside a closed cylinder then vacuum and pressure are applied to force the preservatives into the wood. To combat this problem manufacturers began offering specially treated screws designed for use with the new ACQ pressure-treated lumber. The new pressure treatment for wood is less tolerant of nails than the previously used and now banned one was.
These adhesives are not a replacement for nails screws or bolts. For HDG nails ensure the nail meets ASTM A153 specifications for hot dipped galvanizing. James Watts – Navarre Florida.
Drive nails at a slight angle toward each other. Hardware and big box stores sell nails that are specifically marked for PT wood. Pressure treatment is a process that forces chemical preservatives into the wood.
For projects and constructions that will be outdoors or exposed to chemicals found in pressure-treated wood hot-dipped galvanized nails should be used instead. The preservatives help protect the wood from attack by termites other insects and fungal decay. There is an entire subcategory of nails used in power nailing guns.
There are also special nails for hardwood flooring upholstery and for concrete. Screws take longer to drive than nails but hold boards more securely and will allow for easier removal if necessary. The older CCA is not as much of an problem.
There are duplex nails that have a doubled-head for easy removal in temporary work. Consider paint or similar for your nail heads as the top is where the piston bangs it and it will rust there. These guns driven by electricity or compressed air use nails that are manufactured in strips.
While this new ACQ-treated lumber did not have the issues with the toxicity of the traditional formula the new pressure-treated lumber had its own problems. In general the codes require fasteners to be of hot-dipped zinc-coated galvanized steel in accordance with ASTM A153 type 304 or 316 stainless steel silicon bronze or copper. Use 3 14 long nails on nominal decking and 3 nails for 54 decking.
These nails are specially designed to drive into hardwoods which can be hard to nail. They do make them for nail guns but make sure it says on the box OK for ACQ if that is what you have. 2 Jul 22 2009.
The newer treated wood ACQ that we are forced to use down here takes hot dipped galvanized or stainless nails. Furthermore they specify that the fasteners meet the ASTM A-153 specification for hot-dipped galvanizing. Adhesives A construction adhesive formulated for treated wood may be used for extra holding power at structural joints and under horizontal decking.
Use 10d 3 or 16d 3½ nails for framing 10d or 12d 3¼ for 54 deck boards and 16d for 2-inch planks and 6d 2 8d 2½ or 10d for railings. The standard option is hot-dipped galvanized nails which provide more corrosion-resistance than electro-galvanized or hot-galvanized materials. Depending on the type of pressure treating the wood was subject to knowing the best nails for pressure treated lumber will help your project endure a long time.
For cedar redwood or pressure-treated wood a 8d x 2 38 stainless steel nail is excellent for face nailing. These nails have threading that is designed to improve the boring ability of the nail into the wood as well as its staying power. You might be tempted to use spiral nails.
The head matches the texture of the wood and you can drive the nail flush without splitting the surrounding material. Use two nails across a 2 x 4 and three across a 2 x 6. The most reliable material for pressure-treated wood is stainless steel.
When selecting any adhesive with treated lumber be sure the products label reads for use with treated lumber. For most applications use either hot dipped galvanized nails and bolts or for screws it is suggested to use ones that have a protective coating that is designed for use with pressure treated lumber. The manufacturers of ACQ CA ACZA and CCA and the treated wood industry are all recommending hot-dipped galvanized nails and stainless steel nails and screws with their treated wood products.
Look for the code G185 on the hardware packaging for your nails. There isnt a one-size-fits-all answer. The combination of the horsepower of the compressor and the size of the tank will determine how many nails you can shoot and fast you can shoot them without stopping to wait for the air pressure to return to enough 90 to 125 psi.
Always use galvanized or stainless steel spiral or ring shaft nails to fasten pressure-treated cedar or redwood boards. In particular the high levels of copper in the material made it far more conductive causing increased levels of corrosion in the material as it reacted with traditional nails and wood screws. A box of 200 wood siding nails runs about 810 roughly twice the price of the aluminum nails.
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. Joined Dec 21 2008. It indicates that theres a proper thickness level of zinc oxide on the nails to stand up to pressure-treated wood.