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FFinishing nails have very small heads that can be concealed after the nails have been driven. These nails are used for applying trim and other areas where appearance is important.

 

Sizes of Finishing Nails

 Size number in "d" = pennies

Length in inches

Shank Diameter
in
inches and ( gauge )

Head Diameter
in inches

Number per pound
 2 d  1  0.058
( 16 1/2 )
 ( 13 1/2 )  1350
 3 d  1 1/4   0.067
( 15 1/2 )
 ( 12 1/2 )  850
 4 d  1 1/2   0.072
( 15 )
 ( 12 )  550
 5 d  1 3/4   0.072
( 15 )
 ( 12 )  500
 6 d  2   0.091
( 13 )
 ( 10 )  300
 8 d  2 1/2   0.095
( 12 1/2 )
 ( 9 1/2 )  190
 10 d  3   0.113
( 11 1/2 )
 ( 8 1/2 )  125
 16 d  3 1/2   0.120
( 11 )
 ( 8 )  90
 20 d  4   0.135
( 10 )
 ( 7 )  60

Common and box nails have heads that are clearly visible after the nails have been driven. They are used for general construction purposes -- framing buildings and situations where appearance is not important. Box nails -- intended for lighter construction -- are the same length per penny size as common nails, but their shanks and heads are slightly narrower. Click here to see a diagram of sizes of common nails, listing for each size its length, the diameter of its shank and its head, and the number of nails per pound.

Roofing nails have a large head that are intended to hold shingles and are usually galvanized.

Drywall nails look the same as roofing nails but are not galvanized.

 

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Also see construction.

 

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