Roofing nail for bathtub install, rust?

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Arsinek, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. Arsinek

    Arsinek New Member

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    Ive seen a lot of instructions saying to use roofing nails to nail the tub flange to the wall. But I thought I saw some talk somewhere on the web about roofing nails rusting. Is this true, will the roofing nails rust? If so what should I use instead?
  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    I use Hardibacker screws. They do make aluminum roofing nails that won't rust.
  3. Arsinek

    Arsinek New Member

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    Well that sounds like I need to go with an aluminum nail than.
  4. DavidSeon

    DavidSeon New Member

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    I used cement board screws as mentioned above; they are coated against corrosion and they nicely self-countersink (in acrylic flanges anyway). I gave up trying to hammer a nail straight years ago, so the screws are safer for the tub finish as well.
  5. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    Decades ago I was a carpenter's helper hammering on a nail when the old Finnish carpenter commented "OOH, like lightning!" Thinking he was complimenting me, I replied "That fast eh?" "No" he said, "never hits the same place twice".

    Go with the screws. Less likely to ever creep out and less likely that a wayward blow will ruin the tub.
  6. Arsinek

    Arsinek New Member

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    Lol, thats pretty funny.

    Well, I went with some electro galvanized I already had. Went to Lowes looking for aluminum ones and they didnt seem to have any, had the guy in hardware look too. Itll probably be fine, Im just obsessive compulsive a little.
  7. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    A SS screw with a ss fender washer (or smaller, if appropriate) won't rust, either.
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