Picket Fence Repair

kelkoOctober 2, 2012

I am replacing my picket fence and have already done about six 8-foot sections. I have several to go. I have used one screw on top and bottom of the 3-inch wide pickets and I really don't like the way the holes show. I tried painting them, but they're still noticeable. My questions are (1) should I be using nails instead of screws, (2) if I keep using the screws, do you think the pickets will eventually cup with only one nail on top and bottom (they're primed and painted white); (3) if I switch to nails and rent a nail gun, what type of nail should I use that won't rust or react to the cedar wood, and (4) should I use 4 nails total (two on top and bottom)? Thanks for any advice you can give me.

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You could try caps for the screws.

Here is a link that might be useful: screw caps

    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 3:14PM
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Yes they will cup with only one nail or screw in each picket. Stainless Steel should be used regardless if screws or nails. Go to a lumberyard and get "trim head" screws in stainless or if you choose to rent a nailer use a finish gun or brad nailer and use the appropriate stainless steel nail, using 2 or 3 top and bottom.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 10:19AM
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Thank you both for your replies. I appreciate you taking the time to give suggestions/advice. Looks like I've got a lot more work to do!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 2:56PM
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