carriage bolts: Carriage Bolts And Deck Attachments - Follow Up - 06/14/11 11:02 PM
A couple of weeks ago I had two posts about carriage bolts and deck attachments.  I had written Simpson Strong Tie with some questions as some information I received in a seminar was not completely understood.
In the seminar they had suggested that carriage bolts should not be used in deck attachments, particularly guardrail posts.  The reason, as I understood, was that the connection can weaken overtime as the wood shrinks, and when tightened they can be drawn into the wood, further weakening the attachment.
Yesterday I received a very kind, and long, phone call from a Simpson engineer.  He went … (27 comments)

carriage bolts: Carriage Bolts And Deck Attachments - 06/05/11 12:16 AM
My recent blog about deck post attachment, Don't Trim Those Toe Nails, has created a firestorm of interest from people nationwide.  Responses from ActiveRain, here and off line, as well as home inspectors from other message boards, have indicated quite the interest!  Basically the questions regard the use of carriage bolts in deck construction.
I attended a Simpson Strong-Tie seminar a couple of weeks ago.  They manufacture attachments, sleeves, anchors, connector plates, hangers, well, you name it, for various engineering applications.  You have all seen their products at one time or another.  During the seminar they made it quite evident that … (44 comments)

carriage bolts: Don't Trim Those Toe Nails! - 06/03/11 12:35 AM
Toe nailing is a valid carpentry technique.  But for the most part it is a temporary tacking of one thing to another by nailing two things together at an angle.  Then proper attachment can be made.  Toe nailing is seldom, if ever, intended for long-term attachment or support with heavy material.
Walking around this deck, only about 4' high, I noticed that every single guardrail post had been toe nailed to the decking!
Don't trim those toe nails!
You can see how substantially attached that post is to the deck (he sarcastically notes).  Many wobbled a lot!  Rock on dude...
Despite … (54 comments)

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