Slick Nail. Paslode has developed a nail that takes less energy to drive, making it a good option for engineered lumber. The company says a special coating makes it so smooth it can be driven into LVLs with a hoseless nailer. As an added benefit, using these nails increases the altitude range at which nailers are effective (our testing in Denver was especially promising). The 30-degree full-round-head nail comes in 3- and 3 1/4-inch sizes and is sold in combination packs of one fuel canister with 1,000 nails or three cans and 3,000 nails. The smaller pack goes for about $30. Paslode, 800/222-6990, paslode.com.
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