Do twisted galv nails suck or is it me?
I had some 3/4 plywood to nail down on an exterior deck and since it wasn’t a huge area, I decided to use nails vs. screws. I found some twisted galv 8d nails at HD, labelled “decking” and decided to give them a try.
Either I’ve lost all my nailing skill, or these nails are just bad, because I had a dickens of a time getting them into the wood. About every 10th nail would go in to within a half-inch and then bend over. Once bent, they would NOT go the rest of the way in (or come out) and I had to break them off. Dang, I hate that. Good thing the deck was getting painted.
The joists below were old fir 2×10, might have been a bit on the “hard” side, but it was weird that they would consistently go within a half inch of the goal and then just bend over.
Was it something I was doing or are these just horrible nails?