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    Author(s): Douglas R. Rammer
    Date: 2001
    Source: Encyclopedia of materials : science and technology. Amsterdam ; New York : Elsevier, 2001: 3 pages
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    The strength and stability of any structure depends heavily on the fasteners that hold its parts together. One prime advantage of wood as a structural material is the ease with which wood structural parts can be joined together using a wide variety of fasteners: nails, staples, screws, lag screws, bolts, and various types of metal connectors. For the utmost rigidity, strength, and service each fastener type requires careful design. General requirements for moisture content, location, spacing, and fabrication in the design of joints should be checked with design manuals (American Forest and Paper Association 1997, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 1995, Beyer et al. 1998).

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    Rammer, Douglas R. 2001. Wood : mechanical fasteners. Encyclopedia of materials : science and technology. Amsterdam ; New York : Elsevier, 2001: 3 pages


    Fasteners, testing, joints (engineering), fasteners, bolts, nuts, connectors, nails, spikes, screws

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