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Galvanized - Metal For Stairway Construction

Galvanized metal is created from a process that creates a corrosion resistant metal that can be used on the exterior of almost any building. The picture below provides you with an excellent example of a galvanized framing anchor that's going to be used to connect a stair stringer to the floor framing.

Using Galvanized Nails

If you're going to be building a deck, stairway or other project on the exterior of your home, I recommend using galvanized nails. You can always use stainless steel, but the price could be ridiculous.

About 15 years ago I was introduced to zink coated nails and used plenty of them, before I realized that I was having problems with them. The nail guns I was using to drive the zinc coated nails into my stair treads, decking and even siding, were starting to rust.

I contacted a few other professionals until I found someone who had the answer, I didn't want to hear. It appears that the nail guns were chipping part of the zinc coated covering off of the nails.

The moment the nail guns driver pin, struck the head of the nail, in order to drive the nail into the wood, it seemed to chip off a small section of the zinc coating, on some of the nails.

Once the zinc coating was removed from the steel nail, it started to rust. The rusty nails bleed right through the painted exterior building, providing the building with a machine gun finish.

It looks like someone took out a machine gun and strategically shot each piece of siding with a rusted bullet. In other words, these buildings look like crap.

The moment I found out about this problem, I drove around to a few of the job sites that I had worked on and about half of the zinc coated nails that I used, we're showing signs of corrosion.

Another lesson learned and passed on to the readers of this website. For more helpful information about construction, make sure that you check out the rest of this glossary and website.


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