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RE: pullout of PAF in light gage track

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If the wall is trying to lift up, maybe you should be attaching to the studs
at the ends of the wall instead of to the track. For wood shear walls, this
is pretty typical. You could use a Simpson HDA holddown with a Kwikbolt or
adhesive anchor into the concrete slab, and bolts or screws to the stud.
That arrangement should be much less susceptible to tearout of the fasteners
from the framed member.

-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Vines [mailto:dan(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, November 08, 1999 12:46 PM
To: SEAINT (E-mail)
Subject: pullout of PAF in light gage track

We have a typical detail for the attachment of a load bearing metal stud
wall to a concrete slab.  Normally we call for a continuous bottom track to
be fastened to the slab with 2 PAF's at 24" o.c.  I have run across a
situation where there is substantial uplift on a particular bearing wall.  I
can calc the screw connection between the track and the stud with tabulated
values (Buildex chart), and I can find info on the PAF's themselves for
pullout with tables in the Hilti or ITW/Ramset catalogs.  However, these
pullout values are for the fastener itself, and does not account for the
head pulling through the metal studs.
Is there anywhere that this data might be tabulated?  Am I being overly
conservative in even looking at it?  Should I just spec PAF's pre-assembled
w/ steel washers and forget about it?  I called Hilti and they couldn't
help.  Ditto with metal stud mfrs.
Thanks in advance,
Sherman D. (Dan) Vines, EIT
Willett Engineering Co., Inc.
dan(--nospam--at) <mailto:dan(--nospam--at)>