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[SEAOC] Re: [SEAOC] Re: [SEAOC] plywood shear panel nailing

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RLFOLEY(--nospam--at) wrote:
> The only diffference I am aware of is the issue of overdriven nails damaging
> the outer ply when machine nailing.  APA  has a bulletin that covers
> overdriven nails.
> The subcontractor should use a nail gun with a governor on it to minimize
> overdiving
> RLFOLEY(--nospam--at)AOL.COM
> Structural Engineer

As far as I know, SEAOSC has done studies for the difference in shear 
walls nailed with sinkers verses common nails. L.A. City has called for 
a degradation of 15% off the rated shear where sinkers are used in lieu 
of common nails.
I know that there is still some controversy over this issue.
I also agree with Ray that the major problem with power driven nails is 
the damage to the ply layers. The advantages that I read about power 
driven nails is the advantage of the hot glue that creates a better bond 
with the wood for resistance to nail withdrawl.

Dennis Wish PE