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Double joist nailing pattern

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Can anyone suggest how to effectively join two 2x12 timber beams using
common nails? This seems to be a common construction practice, but the
nailing I have observed seems less than adequate to effect a real
connection. It also appears to be a particularly ineffective approach when
adding a beam to share load as part of a repair.

James Cohen
jccpc(--nospam--at)msn.com