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    Attaching cedar pickets to rails?

    I hope this is in the correct forum. If not please feel free to move.

    I'm getting ready to build a 42" high cedar picket fence to try to keep my kids corralled in our yard. I have a 1/4" pneumatic stapler and was wondering if 1-1/2" long staples would be sufficient to hold the pickets in place. The place I'm buying the materials from says that you have to use ring shank nails which I can get for my framing nailer but thought they may be overkill. Plus they are extremely expensive.

    What does everyone think? Are 1-1/2" staples enough? I would plan on nailing two in at both the top and bottom rails.

    Thanks,
    Wes Billups

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    I think with the expansion and contraction from the weather they are going to eventually work loose. I would go with the ring shank nails if it were me.
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    Wes I build fences for part of my living and I would go with hot dipped galvanized ring shank nails.

    Assuming your pickets are 3/4" thick and you're fastening them to 2x4's on edge (1 1/2" thick) I would use 2" ring shanks
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    If you don't want it coming apart in a few months use hot dip ring shank nails.
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    Thanks for everyone's help. Nails it is. Now I'm looking for suggestions on where to buy 21 degree full head galvanized ring shank or stainless steel nails.

    Thanks again,
    Wes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wes Billups View Post
    Thanks for everyone's help. Nails it is. Now I'm looking for suggestions on where to buy 21 degree full head galvanized ring shank or stainless steel nails.

    Thanks again,
    Wes
    Wes, go to a local retail fence company, buy aluminum ring shank fence nails. A pound will fill a coffee can. No rust, ever. Phil

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    Phil, thanks for the reply. I'm nearly done with the fence and I went the route of using stainless steel nails in my framing nailer. It's working very well, other than the one section of pickets I nailed with the wrong spacing. I had to resort to my reciprocating saw to remove the pickets as those ring shanks wouldn't pull out.

    I'll shoot some pictures tonight and post them for everyone along with my technique for spacing and determining picket heights.

    Wes Billups

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    Fence completed!

    The fence has been completed for a while so I apologize about the tardiness of these pictures. I'm pretty happy with the results. I inset the 2x4 horizontal members into notches cut in the 4x4 posts. The picket heights were determined by using a sagging extension cord on the first section. Then I used gauge blocks for the rest of the sections. Thanks for everyone's suggestions and help on this project.

    Enjoy.

    Wes Billups

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    Looks good Wes, that should keep your yard apes at bay for a while (my Dad used to call us Yard Apes, and the way we carried on, I think he was right!)
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    Thumbs up

    Very nice job Wes

    I see you even got the diagonal support on your gate right

    You would be surprised at how many folks get that backwards...
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