It is always essential when you are carrying out any DIY project that you have the right tools for the job, even when it coms to nails. You may think that all nails are made equal but there is in fact a great difference between the various nails which you could choose form for your job, particularly when you are working with wood.

The risks of getting the wrong nails are that they may not hold the piece together, they may crack the wood or they may not be a good option in terms of how they stand the test of time. One of the most commonly used nails which you will find on a multitude of DIY projects are stainless steel brad nails, which we are going to talk a little bit about today. Once you read a little bit more about what each kind of nail offers, it does begin to make sense as to why they are used on certain projects, with this in mind, let’s make some sense of the brad nail.

The Right Gauge

Stainless steel brad nails are 18 gauge, this means that they are made with 18 gauge steel wire. The higher the gauge when you are discussing nails, the thinner that it will be. With this in mind, the 18 gauge stainless steel brad nail is ideal for delicate projects, as it is able to enter the wood without causing any damage or too much disruption, and still hold the piece.

No Splitting

These nails are primarily used on delicate woods such as fiberboard and plywood. The reason for this is that  thanks to the thin finish of the nail, it will enter into those types of lumber without splitting them. Now if you were to make a mistake on a project where you are using plywood, and say used a 15 gauge finish nail, then you could very easily split the plywood completely. This of course is far from ideal which is why the thinner brad nail is used instead.

The Finish

The larger the diameter of the head of the nail, the more visible it will be when it has been put into the wood. Now of course when the area of the nail is unsighted this doesn’t matter, and when a larger headed nail has to be used, it is usually covered over. Thanks to the very small diameter of the head of a brad nail, it is very difficult to see once it has been hammered in, another great feature of this particular nail.

Generally speaking a brad nail comes in lengths of between 1/2 an inch and 2 inches, they are perfect for delicate pieces and because they are made from stainless steel, they are perfectly durable and will not rust over time.

The next time that you are carrying out a DIY project, these are the types of things which you need to bear in mind when collecting materials.