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RE: [Light_framing] Halsteel - Tracker Nails

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This is a good idea until other companies start producing something
similar. Have you ever inspected fire rated assemblies?  Several
companies now manufacture the colored fire caulking.  In the old days,
the inspectors could easily see that the required caulking for the
listed assembly was used by the color.  Now days you cannot just inspect
the color; you need to verify from the container what was used.  Perhaps
the industry will develop some color code to use depending on what is
the nail size.

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Skaggs [mailto:tom.skaggs(--nospam--at)apawood.org] 
Sent: Monday, May 03, 2004 9:38 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-----
From: Light_framing-bounces(--nospam--at)structuralist.net
[mailto:Light_framing-bounces(--nospam--at)structuralist.net] On Behalf Of
Light_framing(--nospam--at)structuralist.net
Sent: Saturday, May 01, 2004 18:04
To: ; light_framing(--nospam--at)structuralist.net; cvsea(--nospam--at)structuralist.net
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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