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  • Framing Nails

    I'm having trouble finding an answer to this question. I live in Wisconsin and I'm going to be finishing my basement. I purchased the Ridgid Round Head framing nailer, but i'm having trouble figuring out what size nails to use for connecting the studs to the plate. I plan on nailing "up" from the plate into the studs @ 90 degrees.

    I read in the Wisconsin building code, that it requires 16D smooth common or box nails. I thought 16D smooth common nails were the 3 1/2" .162 diameter nails. I cannot find these at HD or Mendards in Galvanized. I want to use Galvanized because i'll have PT treated plates in the basement. I can find 3 1/4" non-galvanized smooth common, but not the galvanized ones. Does anybody know anything about this?

    Here's a link to the Appendix of the building code.

    https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/cod...0_325/325_.pdf

    Page 106 discusses how to fastens studs, and the footnotes on page 107 explain that you need smooth common nails.

    Can someone shed some light on this? Can I use smaller nails?
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