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Wood Engineering and Construction Handbook uses the FPL Wood Handbook as 
one of its sources and cites the source as having been revised in 1974 and 
re-issued in 1987.  The loaded end distance is listed as 15 dia,, unloaded 
end distance as 12 dia. And the edge distance as 10 dia.  Wood E & C does 
not refer to Hansen.  It does refer to the 91 UBC, Timber Design and 
Construction Handbook and Wood Technology in the Design of Structures.

Roger C. Davis
SDS Architects, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From:	Roger Turk [SMTP:73527.1356(--nospam--at)]
Sent:	Tuesday, December 31, 2002 8:04 AM
To:	seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject:	RE: NDS- Nails

Roger Davis wrote:
. > The Wood Engineering and Construction Handbook by Keith Faherty and . > 
Thomas Williamson has a list of recommendations from four different . > 
sources which I have summarized and edited to be as follows:
. >         End distance = nail length
. >         Edge distance = 1/2 nail length
. >         Spacing in row = nail length

. > Roger C. Davis
. > Architect
. > SDS Architects, Inc.

I don't know how it compares, but I looked up some information yesterday in 
an old edition of the Wood Handbook and Hansen's "Modern Timber Design" 
text and, from memory:
>From FPL Wood Handbook:

End Distance: Loaded end:  12 dia.
Unloaded end:   10 dia.
Edge Distance: 10 dia.
>From Hansen's:

To avoid splitting, nail diameter should be less than 1/7 thickness of 
Several years ago, a colleague found some information on nail spacing, but 
I never copied them down.  (Steve Hess:  Where are you?)
A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
Tucson, Arizona

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