A. Bryan Readling, PE, senior engineer at the APA/Engineered Wood Association, responds: That's probably a bad idea. Although glue may indeed make a framed and sheathed wall stronger, the APA provides design values only for nails, due to the high variability of field-applied adhesive performance. You'd still need to follow the same fastening schedules, so the glue would be redundant.
Also, the load-deformation characteristics of nails are often much different than they are for adhesives: The glue connection would have to fail before the nails ever saw any load. Adhesive connections tend to fail more dramatically than nails, which give more warning. Nails are also superior in cyclic seismic loading, since more deformation...
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