Joist Hanger Fasteners
Fastener choice is one of the most common mistakes with wood framing connectors.
- The required fastener type is usually stamped on the connector. Do not substitute: Using a nail with a different diameter, length, or steel type can reduce shear capacity.
- When using screws, use only those specified by the manufacturer. Do not use deck or other screws: they are too brittle.
- For connectors that require the use of bolts, drill a hole no more than 1/16 in. diameter wider than the bolt. Larger holes will compromise the strength of the wood.
Why the Different Shaped Nail Holes?
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