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Old 01-19-2009, 05:27 AM
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Arrow What kind of nails or screws can I use in pressure treated wood?

Depending on the type of pressure treating the wood was subject too, will in part determine the type of fasters that can be used. Never use common or bright finished nails. Never use sheet rock type screws or steel screws without any plating or coatings on them.

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Man, I have gotten burned in the past using zinc coated screws in PT... it just does't work long-term. Deck screws are the best if you care about ease of driving them in. For larger fasteners you can't beat pre-drilling and using hot dipped galvanized lags, etc.
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Man, I have gotten burned in the past using zinc coated screws in PT
Ouch... how long did you get out of them?
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About 2-3 years.
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Default How do you fix the mistake?

I have made this mistake.
I thought I'd be cool and use a propane powered nail gun from work to build an outdoor arbor. The nails were non-coated and continue to leak rust even up thru the paint.
How do I fix it?
I thought of drilling out the heads and patching and painting, but I am afraid that after all that work the rust will bubble up and out again.
Any ideas?
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Old 02-09-2009, 06:44 PM
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Not an easy fix, but definitely an easy mistake to make. If you notice there are few warnings in the lumber yard about this very topic and to find out more info you really have to dig. I had a buddy contractor make a similar mistake on a handicap ramp for a doctor’s office. He used Deck Mate coated screws for all the PT decking and it was fine but all the pickets and trim on the railing was actually falling off in less then a year. He called me and asked me what was going on and we narrowed it down to the un-coated fasteners he had used with this finish nail gun. All he did was put some stainless nails back in and did not worry about the rust spots since they were small and not very noticeable since it was un finished wood. Now in your case, you will definitely need to put in some new fasteners, go with screws that are stainless or epoxy coated (like Deck Mate) or for nails that are galvanized or stainless. For fixing up the rust spots, I think your idea of drilling out the top ˝” or so and then filling them is a good idea. Also, perhaps there is a stain blocking primer that will help contain the rust from bleeding though. I would check at a good paint shop about that, like a Duron or Sherwin-Williams store.
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