Nails provide a fast, strong method of joining wood which does not need to be taken apart. Use this type of fixing in areas where the finish is covered, such as floorboards. They can also be used for garden features.
Strong nail joints
Make a strong nailed joint between pieces of timber or board by skewing the nails as you hammer them in. Hold the joint steady with a nail hammered in the normal way. Angle the other nails at about 25 degrees, in pairs and facing each other. This will stop them pulling out easily.
Always wear goggles when using a hammer.
Using the right length of nail
To hold a thin piece of material to a thicker joist or frame work, use a nail of a length at least three times the thickness of the thin piece.
Lever out old nails with a claw hammer. If the surface is to be visible, protect it with a scrap of wood under the hammer head.