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Old 01-09-2014, 08:37 PM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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To be clear, I'm talking about galvanized sheetrock nails. Shape is the same and both are galvanized. so what's the difference? Are they interchangable? If not why not? I'm talking about 1-3/4 roofing nails.

All this leads to the next question. If they're basically the same, is there any reason not to nail sheetrock with a roofing nail gun? Construction forums generally say no but it seems like a lot of it boils down to "it isn't done cause if it worked it would be done but no one does it..." and around in a circle. Nobody seems to say, "yeah, I tried it and it didn't work."
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:42 PM
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Roofing nails and sheetrock nails are not alike at all and are not interchangeable
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Cold Springs, NV
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Drywall nails are not galvanized, but are phosphate coated. Roofing nails are galvanized due to their exterior use. Finishing mud products react better to a phosphate coating, but have less adhesion to a galvanized coated product. Proceed at your own risk.
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:06 PM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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Drywall nails are not galvanized, but are phosphate coated. Roofing nails are galvanized due to their exterior use. Finishing mud products react better to a phosphate coating, but have less adhesion to a galvanized coated product. Proceed at your own risk.
Yet these guys apparently sell phosphate coated and electrogalvanized "drywall" nails. Application is a small laundry room.
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Back in COLORADO!!!
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The shape and diameter of the head of the two nails is considerably different. A roofing nail will have a large diameter, perfectly flat head meant to spread the holding surface over a larger area increasing the ability of the shingles to resist wind. Drywall nails have a smaller head with a concave profile meant to be driven just slightly below the surface of the Sheetrock forming a dimple which is filled with joint compound and then sanded smooth. Not interchangeable.
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Cold Springs, NV
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Yet these guys apparently sell phosphate coated and electrogalvanized "drywall" nails. Application is a small laundry room.
Your own link proves I'm right, so read it? Drytites are phosphate coated. I've spent a lifetime with these materials, and your ignorance questions my understanding? You did say drywall (Sheetrock which is a USG proprietary term) and not plasterboard?
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Old 01-10-2014, 02:59 AM
 
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Nails for sheetrock? Every home I have been in with nailed sheetrock had sags all over the place and nail pops. Using nails is hackish to me.
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:12 AM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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The shape and diameter of the head of the two nails is considerably different. A roofing nail will have a large diameter, perfectly flat head meant to spread the holding surface over a larger area increasing the ability of the shingles to resist wind. Drywall nails have a smaller head with a concave profile meant to be driven just slightly below the surface of the Sheetrock forming a dimple which is filled with joint compound and then sanded smooth. Not interchangeable.
Thanks, that clarifies.
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:18 AM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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Your own link proves I'm right, so read it? Drytites are phosphate coated. I've spent a lifetime with these materials, and your ignorance questions my understanding? You did say drywall (Sheetrock which is a USG proprietary term) and not plasterboard?
Of course my ignorance questions your "understanding." For the lay person the terms 'drywall' and 'plasterboard' are synonymous. Wikipedia apparently agrees. Drywall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Apparently your lifetime of experience doesn't extend to illuminating the issues in a way that's helpful to those less enlightened.
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Nails for sheetrock?
Drywall screws are indeed better. And not just for drywall. If duct tape won't work, the next thing I reach for is a drywall screw.
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