When Nailing, Always Play it Safe in St Paul

Have you been designated as the St Paul household handyman? Then it’s probably not uncommon that you find yourself up on ladders, down in basements and out in the garage in your St Paul house, nailing things. Without the right kind of background, minor home improvement projects can turn into a whole day – or weekend – affair! As you work through your “Honey Do List,” you may run into some questions.

As Titus Contracting’s Design Manager, I just recently tackled some questions on Quora related to nailing. We want to provide you, my faithful St Paul followers, with the same information. Hopefully, you find it useful and maybe save yourself some time at your St Paul home.

Nailing Items onto the Roof

A Quora member asked, “Is it safe to nail something to a roof?” The person posing the question goes on to explain that they have just a few lightweight things they want to fix on their roof by nailing. They are wondering if nails are okay or if an expert has any other ideas.

Scott’s answer to nailing items to the roof warns the Quora member that there are a lot of things to consider in this situation, whether you’re in St Paul or anywhere else in the country. The homeowner’s main priority is to attach the objects in such a way that they will not create a leak. Leaking water can cause a whole host of problems in your St Paul home. I suggested a galvanized fastener with silicone placed under the item and on top of the fastener.

Nailing Near an Electrical Outlet

On Quora, a member posted the question: “Can I put a nail into a wall above an electrical outlet?” This Quora community member wanted to hide an old outlet with a picture but had concerns about hitting a live electrical wire when nailing.

Scott ‘s response about nailing near an outlet was that it might be okay, but you never really know. I encouraged the Quora member to try a modern picture hanger that adheres to the wall, instead of using a nail. As per current code in St Paul and the United States, it should be okay to use a nail, but it’s better to play it safe when live electrical current is involved.

For more great questions and answers, visit Scott’s list of Quora activity. And, as always, if you are looking for a team of St Paul commercial or residential remodeling experts, contact Titus Contracting today by calling 952-746-7817 or contact us online.