What’s the Difference: Nail Shanks
Choosing smooth, screw, or ring-shank nails depends on what you are building, and where
Remember trying to pull framing nails from lumber before you learned how to use a hammer or a cat’s paw effectively? Even for seasoned remodelers, pulling nails can be infuriating, and might leave you wondering, how strong do nails really need to hold? Well, that not only depends on what you are nailing together, but where you are doing it.
If there’s one overarching authority on fasteners, it’s the International Code Council. They classify smooth-shank nails as “common” and screw- or ring-shank nails as “deformed,” and specify where they have to be used within an assembly. Deformed nails are only really required in high-wind zones and in some subfloor assemblies.
However, you don’t need to be faced with plywood-ripping winds to understand the value of each type. You can get better building results by simply relying on the best product. Each nail is available in loose or…