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. > Q:    Can a nail in tension (pull-out force) be used to provide lateral 
. > stability to a compression flange of a wood beam?

A:    I would be very hesitant to use it.  Moisture changes in wood not only 
affect the withdrawal resistance of the nail but also will cause the nail to 
"walk out" of the member.

A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
Tucson, Arizona