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Estimated Shipping Costs
Catalog prices are FOB Tremont Nail, Mansfield, MA 02048. Actual shipping
charges will be added to your order. (Please note that orders exceeding 25 lbs
shipped to the East Coast typically cost less than the following estimate.)
Estimated Shipping Charges:
1# ..... $ 8.00
5# ..... $15.00
25# .... $28.00
50# ... $42.00
The above shipping rates are estimated. Actual shipping charges will be added to your order as confirmed by Tremont Nail
Historic Cut Nails
What does "penny"
Penny size is a term that refers to the length of a nail.
The term comes from Colonial era pricing unit for nails,
which were priced by the hundred. For example, one hundred 2
1/2" nails would have sold for eight pennies. This method
has been adopted with today's wire nails.
What is a Standard
A steel cut nail with a dark, powder gray finish which
can be clinched; not a hardened nail.
What is a Hardened
A nail which has been heat-treated and tempered for
What is a Hot
Dipped Galvanized Nail?
A zinc coated nail, hot-dipped in molten zinc to resist
rusting. Can usually be clinched. Not a hardened nail.
Why should I
use galvanized nails outdoors?
Although nails that have been galvanized have a brighter
silver shade to them, they are recommended for outdoor
projects because they do not rust. Standard nails will rust
and can cause streaking of the wood. There are instances,
however, where a project called for that authentic streaking
look, and the nails were slightly rusted prior to
application to speed up the process.
What is the most
popular flooring nail?
The most popular nails for flooring are the Decorative
Wrought Head, Common Standard, Common Rosehead and Fire Door
Clinch. Any of these nails will hold equally well, so your
choice is for the style you prefer.
can I countersink in my flooring?
If you are counter-sinking your nails the best to use is
the Common Standard. You can also sink the Common Rosehead
and Masonry nails. For other uses, the Box nail, Headless
Brad, Flooring, and Fine Finish nails can also be
When installing random widths, try to stagger the
different widths to avoid the appearance of a repeating
pattern. Each order is shipped with a width tally which
provides the total lineal feet of each width. This report
will help you in planning your random pattern.
Why do people
choose the Decorative Wrought Head for flooring?
The Decorative Wrought Head nail is great to achieve the
antique Colonial look. Although, some prefer to use it on
the walls because the head protrudes from the floorboards.
The nail can be set into the wood, but it is a time
consuming process and detracts from the hand-hammered look
of the nail.
nails will I need for my job?
The general rule of thumb is 3lbs per 100 square feet of
flooring based 16" on center. For a more accurate estimate
for your particular application, please call Tremont's customer service department at
Why are my
There could be several reasons for splitting. Check to
see that you are lining up the long side of your nail with
the grain of the wood. If you nail against the grain your
nail is acting as a wedge to split the wood. If your nail is
longer than 1 1/2", you may want to drill a small pilot hole
to help ease the nail into the board. If you find that the
pilot hole is not large enough, widen it to the thickness at
just below the center of the shank and try again.
What is the
recommended spacing for face-nailing floors?
When used correctly, face nailing wide plank flooring will help to minimize
or prevent cupping and bowing.
Any board 8" wide or less can be nailed two across. Planks from 8"
to 12" in width should have at least three nails across. Larger planks should have no more than three inches between the
nails. All nails should be at least one inch from any edge
of the board. If you are nailing less frequently than 16" on
center, consider using more rather than fewer across the
What is the normal
delivery time for nails?
Most orders ship within two to three days of being
ordered. Due to the weight of cut nails and to save on
shipping costs, orders are shipped UPS ground. Expedited
shipping is available and quoted on request. We will confirm
stock at the time of order placement.
Why does the
Tremont Rosehead look different than mine?
The term "Rosehead" is sometimes used in reference to
hand forged nails because of the multi-faceted head. The
Tremont Common Rosehead and Clinch Rosehead nails do not
look hand forged at all. They are a decorative headed nail
for flooring, siding, and other projects. There is a small
dimple in the center of the head that serves as decoration
for those who want a fancier nail, but do not like the hand
forged look of our Decorative Wrought Head nail.
What time period do
the Tremont restoration nails represent?
Manufactured 'cut nails' were first introduced in the
late 1700s. These machine-produced nails were manufactured
much more efficiently than their hand-forged predecessors.
Tremont Decorative Wrought Head nails are indicative of the
previous style, since up until that time nails were wrought
Why should I use
Cut nails are preferred by those who are trying to keep
their project historically accurate. Our cut nails are very
similar to the first nails made at Tremont, so they match
well the nails that may already exist in your house or
furniture. Others like the Tremont nails because of the
interesting look the provide a project. Cut nails provide
superior holding power because of their four edges. A cut
nail tears through the wood fibers, rather than splitting
the fibers as wire nails do. This minimizes surface
splitting of the wood.
What kind of steel
is used to make cut nails?
All Tremont nails are made from flat sheets of steel. The
Masonry, Flooring and Common nails are made with a
high-carbon steel. All others are made with low-carbon
steel. Some nails are galvanized after cutting. For a more
authentic look, the Decorative Wrought Head nail is given a
black oxide finish.