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Stainless screws or nails/pins for Western red Cedar slats?

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Hi all, got loads of slats to fix. Are screws piloted and stainless screws better or stainless pins ok? I've got 16 guage 38mm for 18mm slats. I guess splitting is an issue? 30mm in from ends.

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I have used tongue tite stainless for this type of thing they are very good but expensive.
I would do a test to see if pilot hole is required as its a bit close to the end.

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I would always go with piloted holes for stainless myself, they tend to be brittle if pushed in my experience.
 
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