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If this is to be a header I don't see the need to stitch them together
inasmuch as the wall thickness for 2x4 studs is 3.5 inches. Typically, I
have seen spacers used between the members used as headers to keep them
flush with each face of stud.

I learned my lesson in dry climates when I designed my home - a traditional
Southwest style with parapets and exposed wood headers and beams. I used 6x
headers and later regretted my choice as the headers twisted to some degree
from the heat and drying differences inside and out. It may not be apparent
to most, but I can see every flaw and it speaks to me every day:o)

If you are hanging joists or flush framing them to a built-up member, then I
can see why they should be stitched. You might want to consider following
the suggestions of Trus-Joist for splicing Micro-Lam beams which are nailed
together in the field or delivered to the site spliced. I don't have the
spec handy and possibly someone else can provide the information. Although,
I haven't had a need to splice conventional 2x members in the past, others
might comment if an Alphatic Resin wood glue would add to the splice.

Dennis S. Wish, PE

-----Original Message-----
From: JCohen [mailto:jccpc(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2000 9:25 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Double joist nailing pattern

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