Nails or screws?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by blessedmamato3, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. blessedmamato3

    blessedmamato3 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 11, 2011
    I'm about to undertake our coop and the idea of screwing in 3" nails with an underpowered drill seems daunting. So, I thought I would see who used nails for their coop and why? I would be doing it the old fashioned way, as I only have access to a finish nailer.
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Nails work just fine
  3. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

    May 27, 2010
    Reno, Nevada
    Raccoons ripped off my nailed-in door.
  4. AngelzFyre

    AngelzFyre Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2007
    Pell City, Alabama
    Any way you could borrow a drill and use the screws? Or rent one?
    Screws will stay in better and last longer usually and if you have to remove them to re do something, they are way easier to get out.
    They do make deck nails that are meant to give the same effect of screws and not back out, but to do an entire coop to me personally would be the end of my wrists from all the concussion! Nails are not bad to use of course, just personal preference really.
  5. Chicken Rustler

    Chicken Rustler Grabs em n runs

    I try to use screws when ever I can. See as wood moves and works it can reject nails (except maybe galv) but when you put screws in they stay and are simple to remove if needed. I would also recommend SQUARE DRIVE screws. They are much easier to deal with than phillips and many others.
  6. CountryBumpkin2011

    CountryBumpkin2011 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 7, 2011
    Aurora, CO
    I am in the process of building my coop and I can tell you that screws are much easier to correct than nails (as mentioned above). At first I was using a mixture of both depending on which part of the coop I was working on, but seeing as how I have 0 carpentry skills I have had to redo things a few times [​IMG] and the nails are a pain in the @** to get out compared to the screws.
  7. nerd0geekboyz

    nerd0geekboyz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2011
    For the frame, I used nails. For the walls and everything else, I used screws.

    I used screws because they are easier to remove should I want to make changes to my coop.
  8. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:yikes! [​IMG]

    Screws, definitely screws - we used screws for our entire project and I'm glad we did because I had to rescrew some to incorporate the hardware cloth. I would rather not hear bangbangbang for hours either, the power drill was a good invention [​IMG]
  9. meowteri2

    meowteri2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2010
    chicago sw suburbs
    Use screws for everthing except trim. Clamp to hold pieces aligned and drill pilot hole for the screws. This way they go in easy without splitting the wood and the clamps
    will keep the pieces aligned as the screws go in. All that banging with a hammer just knocks things out of shape. Deck screws will pull themselves in but the pilot hole
    will keep the pine framing from splitting.
  10. ernndbrtt

    ernndbrtt Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 4, 2011
    I used screws for everything except the roof sheeting and the shingles on my coop. It really pays though to have a good quality corded drill with a quick change bit holder where you can have a drill bit to pre-drill your holes and then remove it to put in your driver bit. Cordless drills are nice and I used mine to pre-drill my holes and then used my corded drill to drive them home, but if one is on a limited budget, one good corded drill will can work nearly as fast. I've found that unless you spend big money on a cordless drill and buy extra batteries that they just don't hold up to driving screws, you'll constantly be changing batteries.

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