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FasteningsAuthor(s): Douglas R. Rammer
Source: Wood handbook : wood as an engineering material: chapter 8. Centennial ed. General technical report FPL ; GTR-190. Madison, WI : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 2010: p. 8.1-8.28.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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DescriptionThe strength and stability of any structure depend heavily on the fastenings 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 with a wide variety of fastenings—nails, spikes, screws, bolts, lag screws, drift pins, staples, and metal connectors of various types. For utmost rigidity, strength, and service, each type of fastening requires joint designs adapted to the strength properties of wood along and across the grain and to dimensional changes that may occur with changes in moisture content.
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CitationRammer, Douglas R. 2010. Fastenings. Wood handbook : wood as an engineering material: chapter 8. Centennial ed. General technical report FPL ; GTR-190. Madison, WI : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 2010: p. 8.1-8.28.
KeywordsJoints, mechanical properties, fasteners, testing, metals, nails, spikes, wood moisture, moisture, screws, bolts, nuts, strains, stresses, timber joints, staples, connectors, strength, resistance, wood strength, moisture content, joists, dimensional stability, timber connectors, nail holding properties, screw holding properties
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