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Old 12-31-2010, 02:25 PM   #1
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how many nails per stud/plate joint?

when nailing studs to the sole or top plate for a wall BEFORE it is stood up, i.e. putting together the assembly on the floor, when shooting nails perpendicular through the sole/top plate and straight into the stud, is it necessary to use two nails or will one suffice?

when i framed my basement, i was nailing 2x4s right in their final setting, i.e. i wasn't assembling walls on the floors but 1 by 1, which didn't make perpendicular/straight into the stud kind of shots but more like toe nailing at an angle, i did use 2 nails for each joint. but i am now building a shed outside and it is different, since i will put each wall together before raising them.



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Use two nails. That will help keep the studs from twisting as they dry. Nails are cheap.


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1 nail per each nominal 2" of material, minimum of 2 to avoid the stud from twisting.
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Build to minimum Code;

P.t. bottom plate on sill sealer (my suggestion) for capillary/thermal break (unless you used plastic v.b. under slab);
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Originally Posted by md2lgyk View Post
Use two nails. That will help keep the studs from twisting as they dry. Nails are cheap.

That's pretty standard unless you have some kind of funky code you need to meet.
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