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I'm following an american set of plans and i need a translation.
The plans require all the panels to be put together with glue and what they call;

"1 1/4" wire brads #16"

bearing in mind I live in a metric country, could someone please give me a much better description so I know what to buy?
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Hi Bob

My guess is 1 1/4 inch length X 16 gauge finishing nail used with a pneumatic nail gun.
They may be straight or angled depending on your nail gun.

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Actually if you Google this you see 1-1/4" finishing nails, no gun required but could be used if bought for one.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt...5224/202105642
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That would be 31.75 mm long and I would think the diameter would be 1.29 mm. Just a small brad nail.
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16 guage is a very thin nail with a very small head that can be countersunk . Think of the type of nail that you would use to attach molding, this would be what you would want to use.
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Hey, Bob; over here pneumatic finish nailers are most commonly available in 15, 16, 18, and 23 gauge styles.
The gauge refers to the thickness of the sheet metal the strips of nails are stamped from. The 23 ga style are very fine and headless; in a lot of cases the entry hole doesn't even need filling.
Products - Prime Fasteners
https://www.engineersedge.com/gauge.htm
https://www.amazon.ca/HIGH-GRADE-Cad...SIN=B000P6LY2C
Prices vary hugely!
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Dan, this is a one off deal. No way am I buying tools just for this, it will wipe out what small profit I'm hoping to make.

I'll just go with "panel pins" 'cos thats what we call 'em.
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I read once that sheet metal gauges started out as the number of sheets stacked together to make a pile 1" thick. I'm not sure that's true anymore but it might not be too far off.
Shotgun gauges were how many lead balls that would fit the barrel and equal a pound, except for the .410 which is the actual diameter in inches.
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Hmm, interesting. But I only glue up my projects, can't recall doing anything like that with metal brads. Have used dowels a time or two, like them.

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