Re: 7D nails for supers and hive bodies (Galvanized vs hot dipped, vs electro-galvani
When looking for nails most people get that the penny size refers the length of the nails. but you also run into type of nail. Sinker, Common, Box, Joist Hanger, Concrete etc. Each of these have specific uses with different pluses and minuses. I use a 6d galvanized box nail for hive boxes. A box nail has a thinner diameter to help prevent splitting of the wood when nailing into the edge of a board. They also bend easier when driving them. Galvanized to prevent rust but they will also discolor the wood. Stainless steel is used to prevent the discoloring when you still want rust prevention. I use 6d galvanized ring shank nails to build fences. If I got them for making boxes and hand driving I woudl get yelled at those who are doing the assembly. they are even harder to drive. but they hold stronger usually. Your wood needs to be stable for them to work well.
At any rate I would find 6d galvanized box nails or as close to it as you can readily find. IF all you can find is common then pre drill. This does the same thing as a box nail would afford and you have a stronger nail that is easier to drive.
You then have the various methods of galvanizing. some work better than other. the main thing is you do not want to pay for higher priced coatings than you need and still have a coating that stays on the nail. I like hot dipped myself.
Everything gets darker, as it goes to where there is less light. Darrel Tank (5PM drawing instructor)