Framing with screws or nails???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kickinchicken, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. kickinchicken

    kickinchicken Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    Rhode Island
    So, for those of you who KNOW what you are doing... [​IMG]
    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?
  2. darkmatter

    darkmatter Songster

    Jul 10, 2009
    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.
  3. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    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.
  4. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    I prefer screws, Square drive. I built both barns & front & back porches with screws, but use whatever your comfortable with. Both will work.
  5. cafe

    cafe In the Brooder

    May 12, 2010
    West Central Indiana
    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.
  6. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    I use screws on about everything. There is very little built here with nails but then we have mostly tractors.
  7. chick_magnet

    chick_magnet Songster

    May 25, 2010
    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.
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    screws only. detest nails!
  9. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    This would take an extra step, predrill a hole for screws that way you wont strip, break or bind your screws on hardwood boards.
  10. kickinchicken

    kickinchicken Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    Rhode Island
    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 case I need to add or remove insulation or if there is rot or pests. [​IMG]
    I have looked and looked at those coop design pages for MONTHS and finally decided on the slanted roof. I would have NO IDEA [​IMG] how to do one of those a-frame would TOTALLY not line up [​IMG]
    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. [​IMG]

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