Nails

JLC Field Guide: Nails

A nail’s holding power is a function of its diameter, how far it penetrates the wood, and the type of wood it penetrates.

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Choosing Collated Nails

Cheap generic nails seem like a bargain up front, but you may pay the price later in jams and misfires. This article explains how to make an intelligent choice in generic nails, and looks at the many new collated specialty nails on the market. More

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Practical Engineering: Holding It Together

Evaluating the strength of nails More

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Practical Engineering: Box vs. Common Nails

Comparing box and common nails More

Top Ten Code Violations
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Top Ten Code Violations

Pay close attention to these to avoid failing inspections More

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Choosing Collated Nails

Cheap generic nails seem like a bargain up front, but you may pay the price later in jams and misfires. This article explains how to make an intelligent choice in generic nails, and looks at the many new collated specialty nails on the market. More

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Practical Engineering: Box vs. Common Nails

Comparing box and common nails More

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Nails Instruction

Box Nails v. Common Nails
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Box Nails v. Common Nails
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Common Errors With Framing Connectors
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Q&A: Nailing Tips for Advanced Framing

Q: I can see the value in advanced framing in terms of reduced thermal bridging, better insulation, and savings in framing lumber. But I've hesitated to get serious about it because I worry that the absence of some familiar framing member is going to make More

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Overdriven Fasteners in Zip System Sheathing

Q. When fastening ZIP System sheathing to wall and roof framing with our pneumatic nailers, we've found that it's difficult to keep nail heads from penetrating the applied protective barrier on the face of the panels. Won't these holes compromise the moisture barrier's integrity and lead to problems later on? Should they be covered with tape? And what happens if the ZIP tape fails? More

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Reinforcing Old Framing

Q: We're remodeling a 1930s vintage San Diego home and have to seismically reinforce its cripple walls with plywood, shear transfer plates, and hold-downs. Because all the framing is very dry and most of the cripples measure only 1 foot to 2 feet in lengt More

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