common wire nails

drawing of a common nail

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Size Length,
inches
Gauge Number
in a
pound
Safe Lateral Load* Resistance to withdrawal
in pounds per inch of penetration
perpendicular to the grain,
into the main member,
in Douglas Fir
Required
penetration.
inches
load,
pounds,
in Douglas Fir
2d 1 15 876      
3d 1¼  14 568      
4d 12½ 316      
5d 12½ 271      
6d 2 11½ 181 1 70 27
7d 11½ 161      
8d 10¼ 106 100 32
9d 10½ 96     32
10d 3 9 69 120 36
12d 9 64 1 5/8 130 36
16d 8 49 1 5/8 160 40
20d 4 6 31 2 190 48
30d 5 24 230 52
40d 5 4 18 2 1/3 270 56
50d 3 14 310 61
60d 6 2 11 3 360 67

*For nails inserted perpendicular to the grain. For nails driven parallel to the grain or toe-nailed, the load should not be more than 2/3 of the value in column 6.

A useful rule of thumb for estimating safe lateral loads for nails 12d and smaller is to take ten times the pennyweight.

Lateral load, see sec 2318.3.1 of 1997 Uniform Building Code.

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