Hurricane ties installed using joist hanger nails


Old 10-12-15, 06:50 PM
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Hurricane ties installed using joist hanger nails

I'm using double sided hurricane ties to secure my joists to my beams for a deck I am building. The tie looks like below:


I had been using 1.5" joist hanger nails for the 6 holes at the top that connect to the joist and then some 10d nails to connect the bottom 4 holes to the beam.

A friend of mine was helping me and ended up using joist hanger nails for the 4 holes on the bottom as well.

I have a bad feeling that these are not going to cut it and that I should yank the nails in the bottom 4 holes and replace with some 10d nails. Thoughts?
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Old 10-12-15, 07:46 PM
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The Simpson website will tell you exactly what nails should go where.
Old 10-12-15, 08:14 PM
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Simpson makes the coolest brackets. Good for building and so much more.

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When I built my house we were somewhat fresh off having two hurricanes hit us hard even though we are well inland. At the time hold downs and the proper fasteners were one of their hot buttons. They were inspecting the heads of the nails to insure that the correct nails were used in the right sections of each bracket. If you decide to pull the nails I found a cat's paw style pry bar to be the best. Still not easy but it worked the best of all the pry bars I tried.
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I was working for a carpenter & he gave me some cement coated nails, to use with the tie downs. I hated the way the nails would bounce. They seemed a little too thick. One day he was out of those nails & gave me other nails which were much better. He told me that he really shouldn't have let me use them citing some code. I don't know if he fabricated that story or not.

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