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Old 09-14-2009, 02:15 PM   #1
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Nails for Simpons connectors


Ok this maybe a very novice question but I am confused at what nails to use for Simpson post holders where they call for a 12-16D nail 2.5 inches long, I couldn't find a nail that size anywhere except for the specialized Simpsons ones which no one carries.

Also what is the recommened nail size for nailing the board to the joist hanger (not the flanges).
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Go to www.strongtie.com for answers to all your hardware questions as well as supplier lists. The big box stores typically carry Simpson nails in my area. If not there is no shortage of smaller suppliers to get them from.
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Went to home depot and called all the hardware specialtly stores, none of them carried the 2.5" simpson nails (it was a special order) or any other nail that was 2.5" 12-16d. It can't be that difficult? Looking for what others use to nail holders into 4X4 posts?
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Others may not be in the same high seismic area as you are. As suggested by ARI001, go to Simpson for the particulars: http://www.strongtie.com/products/ca...ost_bases.html Notice that some bases can use nails or screws or bolts and are approved for LA. Give a quick call to your local Building Department, what others may use doesn't pertain to your area.
If you are doing a remodel, I found this interesting: http://www.oaklandnet.com/documents/...icstrength.pdf
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Gary, you come up with some of the NEATEST reading and documentation! Thanks!
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You don't have to use the 2-1/2" nail unless your lumber thickness limits the nail length. A full length nail of the same diameter is totally acceptable. Most of their nails are supposed to be commons, not box nails...That is in the fine print. Get a 16d common and you'll be in good shape.

Not sure exactly which connectors you're using, but a common mistake when using basic double-shear joist hangers is to use 1-1/2" 10d nails in the toenail portion of the hanger. Can't do that...It reduces the load carrying capacity substantially! You've got to use the full length 10d.
http://www.strongtie.com/products/co...rs/LUS-HUS.asp
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Ok I think I finally get it, All the references to the Simpons website I finally found the definative information on what nails to use http://www.strongtie.com/ftp/catalogs/S-INSTALL06-R.pdf thanks for all the help
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