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RE: [Light_framing] Halsteel - Tracker Nails

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This is a very good idea - but one that can easily be misused if mixed in
with other color standards without understanding which manufacturer the
produce originated. I understand that Halsteel is licensed to produce the
Tracker line and what makes them so unique is their tight tolerance for the
size of the shank of the nail. I'm not sure how much this really matters
compared to the issue of installation workmanship.

Has anyone seen a misues of products such as this?

Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Skaggs [mailto:tom.skaggs(--nospam--at)apawood.org] 
Sent: Monday, May 03, 2004 10:38 AM
To: Light_framing(--nospam--at)structuralist.net; seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: RE: [Light_framing] Halsteel - Tracker Nails


FWIW -- I was in Tokyo in 1998.  That was my first "introduction" to color
coated nails.  I thought it was a very good idea -- apparently so did
Halsteel et al.  Our lab has also used other nails that are coded on the
head with a letter.

Tom

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-----Original Message-----
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Light_framing(--nospam--at)structuralist.net
Sent: Saturday, May 01, 2004 18:04
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Subject: [Light_framing] Halsteel - Tracker Nails

I guess I'm one of those who is the last to know of a good idea, but a guy
wrote me today about the Tracker color coded nails by Halsteel, Inc. and I
found out that both Simpson and USP have catalog pages that reference which
color nails to use with which connectors. I also found out the White Cap
caries these and has a lot of them in stock. 

How many of you have specified Trackers on jobs and does it really make your
life easier when providing structural observation? Are their any knock-off's
that don't have the same specifications? Also is there any realized savings
or difficulties in using these?

I am interested in them but am not sure how to spec them on my drawings.

Thanks,

Dennis

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