What are spiral and ring shank nails used for?

A spiral “thread” on the shank causes the nail to spin during installation, creating a thread-like interlock with the wood, which increases withdrawal capacity. Spiral-shank nails are designed to drive easier into harder woods and dense materials while still providing increased withdrawal resistance.

Do spiral and ring shank nails hold better?

Spiral shank nails offer good holding power and are specifically designed for use with hardwoods and dense materials. Ring shank nails are widely used in plywood, underlayment, decking, siding and roofing applications.

What does ring shank on nails mean?

What is a Ring Shank Nail? Ring shank nails are those with ridges or spirals around the shank; those little ridges can increase the holding power of the nail by 40 percent or more. The ridges on the ring shank nails act as little barbs or wedges that lock the nails firmly into the wood once it’s driven.

Are ring shank nails good for framing?

Sure ring shank and spiral shank nails are harder to pull out, they’re great for decking and siding. But the upgrade isn’t necessary for wall framing – walls built by the standard method hold up great.

When should you use ring shank nails?

Ring shank nails are great for surfaces exposed to high winds that might pull out a common nail. They’re ideally suited for softer woods that might otherwise split when nailed. Applications: Siding, Roof Decking, Asphalt Shingles, Underlayment, Subfloors (See Installing Subfloors: Nails Vs. Screws.)

What are screw shank nails used for?

A screw shank nail is generally used in hard woods to prevent the wood from splitting while the fastener is being driven. The fastener spins while being driven (like a screw) which creates a tight groove that makes the fastener less likely to back out.

When should ring shank nails be used?

What is the difference between a ring shank and a smooth shank?

Ring shank nails offer superior holding power over smooth shank nails because the wood fills in the crevasse of the rings and also provide friction to help prevent the nail from backing out over time. A ring shank nail is often used in softer types of wood where splitting is not an issue.

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