Framing with screws or nails???

kickinchicken

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So, for those of you who KNOW what you are doing...

I am making an 8x8 slanted roof coop. The front will be 8 ft and slope to 6 ft in the back with a 12 inch over hang on the front and back. I already framed up the front wall (8ft high) but got to thinking....should I have used screws or nails for this framing? I REALLY hate 3 inch screws because they ALWAYS strip half way thru. I practically have to drill a pilot hole for every screw...this would take FOREVER!!!
I was planning on building the 4 sides with nails, THEN screwing the 4 panels together. Thoughts?
 

darkmatter

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Quote:See my BYC page for pics, your coop design sounds similar to mine------I used nails throughout and it has stood for over 15 years.
 

PurpleChicken

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Nails are fine.

Try to screw on the roof and wall sheathing if you want more strength plus you can use shorter screws which are easier to work with.
 

cafe

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What I liked best were particle board screws. They seem to be extremely hard to strip. That is a good thing because I really don't know what I'm doing yet.
 

WestKnollAmy

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I use screws on about everything. There is very little built here with nails but then we have mostly tractors.
 

chick_magnet

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i used screw for mine and i built mine just like your except is it 6x8 roof. I put stud about every 1.5 feet so the roofing could be strong and screw work great for that. the only nail that i used for my coop is shingles. everything else i used screws. I think screw are a lot strong than nail but that is just my opinion.
 

EweSheep

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This would take an extra step, predrill a hole for screws that way you wont strip, break or bind your screws on hardwood boards.
 

kickinchicken

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OK, so as far as strength and durability, I think nails will be fine. I will use screws for the roof, as suggested as well as any sheathing...in case I need to add or remove insulation or if there is rot or pests.

I have looked and looked at those coop design pages for MONTHS and finally decided on the slanted roof. I would have NO IDEA
how to do one of those a-frame roofs....it would TOTALLY not line up

I am taking pics as I go along and will update my page for those of you who LOVE the "in-process" pictures....I know I do.
 

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