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Brads and Pins - The Ultimate Explanation!

March 04, 2016

Brad pins explanation

Well, following my previous post on staples, which also explains about finishes in both Stainless Steel and Galvanized.  

I’d now like to take you into the fascinating world of ……wait for it………Brads! (and Pins!!) Yes, you can’t believe it can you? You’ve waited all this time and, finally, it’s what you’ve been searching for your whole life, your Holy Grail is here right at your fingertips……….No? Seriously though, there is a lot of confusion around size and gauge of brads and pins and even the regular user of nailing tools still have confusion around nail gauges. So why don’t we take the lid off and give a little clarity to the murky world of brad nails?!

Finishes Galvanized along with Stainless Steel for times when its essential that an anti rust fasteners are used.

Quick note – you’ll notice as the gauge number increases, the thickness decreases. Even after all my many years in the industry, it still gets confusing!!!18 Gauge Brads

Headless Pins The finest pins in our range and are 23 Gauge. (0.64mm in diameter) They have (you guessed it!) no head, and are fantastic for beadings and mouldingsand because they’re headless, the finish is almost invisible…………. No unsightly wood fill. Sometimes they’re referred to as the Micro Pin. They’re becoming very popular and surprisingly, gives a lot of holding power. (although gluing is still advised) It’s currently available on our range in lengths from 12mm – 28mm

21 Gauge BradsNow let’s step up the ladder to the 21 Gauge Brad (0.84mm in diameter) These are sometimes referred to as Micro Brads with a very slight head and again are most suitable for beadings and mouldings. The slight head just gives that extra bit of holding power that the headless pin lacks. Sizes available from 15mm – 30mm Take a look at the following video for a visual comparison.

18 Gauge BradsStepping another rung up the ladder, we have the very popular 18 Gauge Brad (1.25mm in diameter) finished with a head, these are found in most joinery workshops and are used in moulding, decorative trim, furniture manufacturing,window beading and much more. Available on our range in 18 Gauge Galvanised Finish Nails and 18 Gauge Stainless SteelBrads.

These 2nd fix nails, can be obtained from us in lengths from 10mm to 50mm and the recently added Brad selection pack containing 15mm, 25mm & 30mm makes an ideal buy for when you have a variety of jobs to tackle.

16 Gauge Brads (Finish Nails) These fasteners are larger again. We supply the common 16 Gauge Brad, sometimes referred to as 2nd Fix Finish Nail (1.6mm in diameter) with the stronger shank and larger head these finish nails are used for fixing skirting and architravesnot ideally suited for beading due to the larger head size. But if its a larger head Second Fix Nailer you need, then we supply various branded  Finish Nailers. Tacwise, Stanley Bostitch, Arrow and Senco

16 G Finish Nails are available from us in straightand angled (20 Degree) formation with the latter suitable for Dewalt and Paslode Finish nailers. Our range of sizes vary from 20mm to 64mm with the angled available from 32mm to 64mm. We supply finishes both galvanised and stainless steel for these fasteners. The following video compares 16 Gauge to 18 Gauge.

15 Gauge Angled Brads The largest Brads available on our range (1.9mm in diameter) are the D Head Angled 15G Brads.

They’re sometimes referred to as a D Head Brad, Inclined Finish Nailor DA Brad. Not as common as the 16 Gauge but has it’s uses and is popular for the clean visual finish of the head. Available from 25mm to 64mm.

I hope I haven’t muddied the waters any further and maybe I’ve added some clarity. If as a general rule of thumb, you remember the lower the gauge the thicker the brad………Think backwards – something the gaffer say’s I’m very good at!!

I once read that the gauge is equal to the number of nails per inch which really doesn’t add up (ahem – much like my payslip) but thinking on that line, the more pins to the inch, the finer the pin.

Food for thought maybe?…………Less is sometimes more. 15 Gauge DA Brads Well, I could continue into the various types of nails for heavier duty nailing, but enough for now. look out for this majestic piece of information in a future enlightening post. Here’s looking to your next Holy Grail.

Meanwhile as and when you need an air, electric or gas tool. Staples or Nails then you know where to get your stocks. Here at My Tool Kit. 

Take Care for now

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