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How Many Fasteners do I Need?

Siding Nail Estimator

Nails need to fasten 1,000 square feet of siding (approx)
Siding Width Type    16"   Center 24" Center
6" Plain or Rabbeted Bevel, T&G 2,050 1,360
6" Shiplap, V Rustic, Channel Rustic 2,050 1,360
8" Plain or Rabbeted Bevel, T&G 1,450 960
8" Shiplap, V Rustic, Channel Rustic 4,100 1,920
8" Board & Batten 2,808 1,880
10" Plain or Rabbeted Bevel, T&G 1,150 760
10" Shiplap, V Rustic, Channel Rustic 2,900 1,520

***** This chart is intended as a guide only *****

Siding nails should be long enough to penetrate at least 1-1/2"
into the studs or studs and sheathing combined


Suggested Nailing Methods



Deck Fastener Guide

Nails or screws need to fasten 100 sq feet of decking
Deck Boards 16" OC 24" OC
2"X 4" 535 pcs 400 pcs
2"X 6" 435 pcs 325 pcs

Based on 2 fasteners per joist

16" spread for diagonal decking


***** This chart is intended as a guide only *****


Pilot Hole Guide for Annular Thread Nails

Nail Pilot  Hole
Gauge Hardwood Softwood
14 5/64 1/16
13 3/32  1/16
12 7/64   5/64
10 1/8   3/32
8 9/65 1/8

Screw Pilot Hole Guide

Screw No. Softwood Hardwood
6 1/16" 5/64"
7 1/16" 3/32"
8 5/64" 3/32"
10 3/32" 7/64"
12 7/64" 1/8"


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