Miller ‘nails’ top time in competition

Nathan Miller of Grove, Okla., nailed the top time in last week’s Maze Nails Competition at Frame Building Expo in Louisville, Ky.

Miller, a builder who also took first place in the contest two years ago, hit a mark of 4.98 seconds. In that wink of an eye, he drove three 40D (5-inch) hardened ring shank pole barn nails that had been pre-set to a depth of one inch.

In second place is Mahlon Martin, a carpenter with Tucker Building in Liberty, Ky. Martin pounded into second place with a time of 5.69 seconds.

In the money at third place is Norman Eicher, a contractor with Mountain View Construction in Huntland, Tenn. His time was only slightly off Martin’s as he registered 5.88 seconds.

The contest, sponsored and conducted by Maze Nails of Peru, Ill., was officiated by Maze president Roelif Loveland and national sales manager Tom Koch. The winners, who placed among 25 contestants, earned cash awards of $100, $50 and $25 respectively for their efforts.

The record time (4.73 seconds) was set by Sheldon Weaver at the 2009 Frame Building Expo in Nashville. Weaver did not compete this year.

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