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Published On: Tue, Jan 30th, 2018

Stainless Steel Nails and Other Materials and What They Are for

Few people know just how many different types of nails there are. They come in different sizes and different materials and are used for different applications. They can be absolutely tiny, used to keep panels together, to absolutely massive, attaching sleepers to railway lines. Nails are used in homes, manufacturing, construction, agriculture, and virtually every other industry. One of the most interesting ones, however, are the stainless steel nails, which are also available with ringed or grooved shanks, decorative heads, and more.

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Stainless Steel Nails and More

If you are in a hardware store, take a look at the names of nails that are out there. Ring shanks, slate nails, cut clasps, and clouts are just a few examples. They can be put in place with pneumatic tools, hammers, nail guns, and so on. Nail guns are very easy to use, but even these come in a range of different types. For instance, some nail guns fire nails with such force that they can be attached to concrete.

A clout nail is a thin, long nail with a large flat head. They are used to put ceilings in place and to attach wood and metal. Because they have a large head, they can’t go through the material, meaning everything is securely fastened in place. An upholstery nail, by contrast, is more decorative in nature and is often used on leather. They have round heads, often plated with brass or copper. They make furniture look rustic and luxurious. Then, there are clavos nails, which are decorative iron nails, used mainly on rustic doors.

You can also get roofing nails, which are used to fix wooden trusses to corrugated iron. These nails tend to be long and shank-shaped. They have a fluted shaft and a large head, to which a lead washer can be attached. The shaft being fluted in shape stops the nail from becoming loose if there is a lot of wind. The washer, meanwhile, proofs the materials from water. This is why they are used outdoors. Or you can have nails that fix shingles or asphalt tiles, which have an equally flat, large head. Nails for drywall installation, meanwhile, requires specialized tools. These nails are fitted with lots of rings all along the shaft. This stops the nail from being pulled back out. The head of a drywall nail also has an indentation. Masonry or picture nails, meanwhile, are made of very strong, hardened steel. They are capable of going through concrete and brick. However, they can’t support heavy weights. Rather, they can hang a lightweight picture or work of art.

If you think that a nail is just a nail, think again! Considering the above, which barely goes into the material of the nails themselves, it quickly becomes obvious just how special nails actually are. It also makes it clear that, if you want a nail, you need to think about what you will be using it for before you pick the wrong one!

Author: Anwar Hossain

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