FRAMING FASTENERS INTRODUCTION
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FRAMING FASTENERS INTRODUCTION

A number of companies make fasteners for framing that can be used in place of nails and screws. The devices, made of either 16- or 18-gauge zinc-coated metal, have predrilled holes. Essentially, you set the device between the two framing members and drive nails (or screws) through the holes to lock the members together. They make framing much quicker than it would be if just nails were used.

Framing fasteners also make connections stronger; indeed, a number are designed to join members so that they can resist hurricane-force winds. However, in most areas such strength is not required, so you should first determine whether the cost -- and it is a lot more -- justifies the extra strength.

Also, not all building codes accept these fasteners. Make sure yours does before using them.

Framing fasteners come in bulk -- 25 or 50 pieces to the carton. Buying in bulk can save you more than 50 percent over buying them individually. Check packages to make sure that the nails have been supplied; they are sometimes removed from their packages and sold separately.

Following are the most commonly used fasteners. There are others, covering a wide variety of framing needs.


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