Originally Posted by buildit45
I will be framing my basement and need a little help with the types of nails to use, i have checked my local codes and they are using the irc 2006 and ibc 2006.
1) Just want to make sure I understand this right, in both the irc and ibc it says Sole plate to joist or blocking, face nail 16d on 16"oc. So just to make sure this means I only need ONE 16d nail ever 16"oc to secure the top plate to the joist or blocking?
2) Not sure how to nail this in "Blocking between joists or rafters to top plate, toe nail 3 8d" how do you only put in 3 nails?
3) And what is a braced wall panel?
Thanks for the help?
Ah. The good ol' nailing schedule...far too dry and ambiguous. In time it starts sinking in, though ;-)
1. Yes. Common
nails. I believe the IBC also allows box nails in some cases (where splintering is a concern). They're very explicit in this regard, and for good reason. Common nails are significantly stronger than box nails.
2. What do you mean by "how do I only put three nails?"
3. A braced wall panel is a portion (or all) of a studded wall that is framed to prevent racking. Racking is prevented either with sheathing (plywood or OSB, typically) or with let-in bracing (1x4, typically), or any of various other methods allowed by code. These are the two most common methods. Exterior walls must be braced, and some interior ones may need to also. E.g., a building that is more than three times longer than its width has to employ braced interior walls.