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Common nails are the most widely used in construction

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Common nails are the most widely used nail used in general construction and are the nail type used where building code requires certain framing construction. These nails have a thick shank and are made from iron wire. They are most commonly used with dimensional lumber (e.g., 2x4 framing). The common nail has a wide head having a smooth or textured surface and has a sharp diamond shaped point. In some applications it makes sense to actually dull the nail tip to prevent splitting wood.

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