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What is the difference between clipped-head and round-head framing nails?

 

Round-Head Nails

Round-head "FR" nails have a full round head which is required by code in some areas of the country. The full round-head has more holding power in high winds and earthquakes than the Clipped head would. The "FR" fasteners collation is plastic, the fastener angle is 22 and the nail shank is offered in a variety of lengths and diameters.

Full or round head nails

 

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Clipped Head Nails

Clipped head "FC" nails have a "D" shaped head. Each stick holds twice as many nails. The "FC" fastener collation is paper, the angle is 34 and the nail shank is offered in a variety of lengths and diameters.

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Note: Check your local building code as some locales require a round-head nail for severe weather locations.

 

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