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If you’re looking for a new idea in fasteners, the UFO Ballistic NailScrew might be the newest show in town — you drive ’em in with a nail gun, and if you ever want to remove ’em, you can just unscrew ’em.  Just to let you know:  My grandfather had this idea first.  Many times I and other family members witnessed him screwing a screw about halfway in and then beating it the rest of the way in with a hammer;  we should’ve contacted the patent people years ago.

These fasteners’ll work with 20 to 22-degree framing nailers and 15-degree coil nailers — all tested models are listed on the manufacturer’s web page.  The NailScrews work for many applications, including decking, framing, simple construction, subfloors, and roof decking.  They’ll help to get the job done faster, and they’ll also help later if you need to take it apart.

Available in multiple colors and head designs, and in lengths from 1-1/4″ to 3″, they run about $120 for a case. Case quantity varies with material and length of the fastener.

911 NailScrews [UFO]


2 Responses to 911 Ballistic NailScrews

  1. Big Dave says:

    I used to work in theatrical production years ago, and this was one of the techniques taught to all young stagehands. We drove the screws in with a nice big hammer, then gave them a few twists at the end to “lock” the threads in the last few millimeters of wood.
    Another technique we had was to use cut nails and an iron block to make permanent lap joints. Line up the two pieces of wood; place an iron plate under them; drive a cut nail through both; the nail hits the iron plate, then bends back in a “j”. It’s like riveting wood. To get the joint apart, you must destroy the wood. We liked this method because scenery takes a real beating, getting shoved back and forth day after day, and the joint could take the abuse.

  2. Ray says:

    As Red Green says. “A screw is just a nail with tread.”

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