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Old 06-17-2013, 04:14 PM   #1
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For an existing roofed and screened porch, I converted the space into a mudroom and bathroom.

I built the exterior walls in-place, meaning I didn't build the wall flat on the floor, then tip it up. Instead, I nailed the top and bottom plates to the existing structure, then measured and cut the vertical studs to fit.

Now, I read the nailing schedule and I see that the top plates to studs should have been end-nailed with two 16d nails. Instead, I toe-nailed six 8d nails top and bottom (2x6 construction).

I am concerned I will fail my framing inspection. Does the code allow toe-nailing in this case? I am in NY state.

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a quick call to the building department would answer that question as it does not matter what our opinion is, it's the building officials that does.

with that said Table R602.3(1) of the 2009 International Residential Code (your code may differ) states that stud to sole plate can use (3)8d or (2)16d toe-nails, top plate to be end nailed into stud with (2)16d.

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I am not sure what the difference is in the NY code and the IRC is. here is a link to the IRC nailing schedule

http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/ic...9_6_sec002.htm
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here is a link for the 2010 NY Residential Code nailing requirements

http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/st...-P-2010-999999
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