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post #1 of 4 Old 10-24-2016, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Stainless nails for treated lumber

I seem to remember reading that you HAD to use stainless steel framing nails for the "new" treated lumber. Problem is, I can't find them in small quantities. Do I need to use stainless, or is Hot Dipped galvanized OK?
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-24-2016, 09:01 PM
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I've never had very much luck with nails in treated wood. By it's nature being wet when it dries it tends to push the nails out. It's easier in the long run to use screws. They are easily found coated for treated wood.
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True stainless product is priced over the top if you can find it. Stainless is of course used on boats and many things submerged in water.
The galvanized treatment used on screw products seems to be superior to galvanization on nails.
Regardless of your choice, there is a world of difference in galvanized products.
All types of galvanization will eventually rust. Sealing and painting over the galv will give additional protection. The hot-dipped galvanization is usually the best. Electro-plate galv will only last a few years before it starts to rust.
American made Buildex (brand) has an excellent reputation in treated lumber with their screws.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-25-2016, 12:21 AM
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I use deck screws or spax Powerlags for treated lumber
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