Focus on Fasteners and Fastening Tools: Hurricane and earthquake battling nail
March 1, 2006
BostitchTwo independent laboratory tests concluded that HurriQuake withstands uplift forces of more than 271 pounds per square foot (depending on nail pattern and shank diameter). The nail includes a stiffer plastic collation formula that breaks away more effectively as the nail is driven. This reduces "flagging" (the collection of collation material under the nail head) for a cleaner, flush application of the next layer. The nail brandishes an "HQ1" on its head for easy identification. The design features a 30-percent larger head to produce a dramatic increase in holding power. This plays a key role in resisting the vacuum effect of uplift forces, which often causes standard nail heads to pull or tear through sheathing. Its 50/50 shank configuration also features an aggressive ring shank to minimize withdrawal failure. It also performs strongly with earthquakes. The nail touts high-quality carbon steel alloy construction to meet code requirements and exceed a bend yield of 100,000 psi. It is compatible with different models of nailers and comes in a quantity of 5,000 per box.
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