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seaint(--nospam--at),Internet writes:
Can a nail in tension (pull-out force) be used to provide lateral stability
to a
compression flange of a wood beam?

I would not recommend it.  Since lateral stability directly affects the
bending capacity of a beam, I would want to make sure it is dependable. 
Nails in withdrawal rely on the friction of the wood/steel to hold it in. 
Wood shrinks, which can reduce the friction force between the nail and wood. 
I would find a better way to brace the beam.  I'm sure one could be found
without much difficulty.


Richard Lewis, P.E.
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