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Full Round Head vs Clipped Head nails
There is plenty of debate as to whether clipped head nails (with a nail head shaped like a "D") provide as much holding strength as traditional full round head nails. The consensus seems to be that they are just as adequate, however, in some states and areas, only full round head nails are certified as being sufficient for building and renovation tasks, so you might like to check with your local authority before choosing between a clipped head or a full round head framing nailer. One advantage the clipped head nailers have is that they can generally hold more nails in the magazine, so less refills are required.