How to correct nails for joist hangers

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A joist hanger is a piece of hardware that makes joist installation simpler. The joist hanger also adds reinforcement to the joist. A joist is a sort of cross beam that reinforces the weight capacity of a deck. To properly install a joist and joist hanger, you must use precise nails. Driving the nails exactly is necessary in both the hanger and joist assemblies to maximise the pair's weight capacity.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 10d galvanised nails
  • 16d galvanised nails
  • Hammer
  • 1.5-inch galvanised joist hanger nails
  • Joist

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Toenail the joist to the wall ledger using 10d to 16d galvanised nails. Toenailing is when you hammer the nail in at a 45-degree angle, so that the nail attaches to both the joist and the wall ledger at the same time.

  2. 2

    Slip the joist hanger onto the joist from the bottom, so that the joist sits in the inside part of the U shape of the hanger. The two face flanges of the joist hanger should be flush with the wall ledge. The face flange on a hanger flares out away from the U-shaped centre.

  3. 3

    Nail the joist hanger onto the wall ledger by hammering in a 16d galvanised nail at the top and bottom of each of the face flanges. The nail must go into the joist hanger face flange and the wall ledge straight.

  4. 4

    Nail the joist hanger onto the joist by toenailing a 10d galvanised nail at the top and bottom of each of the joist flanges. The joist flanges are the part of the U-shaped hanger that hugs the joist. If you don't have a double-shear joist hanger, then skip this step.

  5. 5

    Hammer in a 1.5-inch galvanised joist hanger nail at the top and bottom of each of the joist flanges to attach the hanger to the joist. If you don't have a standard hanger, then skip this step.

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