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Old 07-19-2008, 12:01 PM   #1
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toe nailing studs on the 2 side


if there is a tucked away kind of issue and the 4 side is not accessible even manually, not to talk about a nailer, is it okay to toe nail the 2 side ?

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The 2000IRC talks about toe nailing or face nailing but seems to be silent on the issue of toe nailing the narrow edge.
I guess the structural strength depends on the prescribed nailing schedule, except in the case of splitting.

I'd drill a clearance hole first, and maybe even use a counterbore and washer to enlarge the apparent size of the nail head and to prevent splitting [washer size 5/16" = counterbore size >3/8"]. The flat washer prevents the nail head from acting like a wedge.
You can drive the nail assembly with a drift pin.

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I don't quiet get your question? I believe your asking about toe nailing studs to the top or bottom plates. If I'm correct let me say this that for over forty years I have always 4 nailed my studs to the plates with10d nails. 1 on the 1-1/2" side usually on the outside and 2 on the face and 1 on the opposite side in the middle. never had an issue with the edge splitting as long as the wood was not frozen. Hope this was of any help to you. BOB
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There's no reason you can't put a nail there if you want to or need to. Is it enough? Not in my opinion....If framing an entire wall, nail the 4x side. If piecing in a stud or two, sure, nail the edge.
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