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Re: 16d Common vs 16d Sinker vs 16d Short

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Your 16d Short looks an awful lot like what you get when you buy a box of 16d framing nails for pneumatic nailers. I've stopped specifying 16d commons, and sinkers, and will jump straight from a 0.131 dia to (# or dia) x length screws. In the rare cases where 16d commons are the most economical (happened once), I always talk to the framers or job super directly.

Gary Grinstead wrote:

It has come to my attention that virtually all houses in my area are using 16d sinkers instead of the 16d commons typically specified on the plans.  Additionally in some instances 16d shorts are being used.  The nail sizes are as follows:

16d common = 3-1/2" x 0.162"  diameter
16d sinker = 3-1/4" x 0.148" diameter
16d short = 3-1/4" x 0.131" diameter

There is no way I'd accept a 16d short which has less than 70% of the capacity of the 16d common.  My question is about the 16d sinker which has about 84% capacity.  Is the general feeling that a combination of (1) factor of safety on capacity, (2) conservative live loads, and (3) additional nailing (calc'd to 3.4 nails --- use 4 nails) will make up for the shortfall or is this something you'd call the contractor on?

Gary Grinstead, SE
Plancheck Engineer
City of Stockton, CA



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