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  1. #1
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    Jun 2010

    Default Joist Hangers

    Hi guys,
    As i am building a low deck I will be using joists hangers in between the bearers (6.7m*4.2m). As there is going to be a lot of joist hangers and subsequently alot of nails I was wondering if bolts can be used instead. I was thinking of using a bolt on either side of the hanger which would go through the bearer and attach the joist hanger on the other side?? This would mean using 2 bolts and approx 8nails for every two joist hangers instead of approx 24nails for every two joist hangers.

    I will be using hardwood bearers which will be 2 90*45.

    Any thoughts on whether this is ok - or would it just work out more expensive for the small amount of time saved??

  2. #2
    4K Club Member ringtail's Avatar
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    Sep 2009


    Nope, cant be done - well, shouldn't be done. I reckon it would take longer to drill your holes and tighten the bolts than to drive the nails - and cost more, and not comply.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2009


    Assuming you are using TP joists/bearers. - Its a snack. - dont be scared of them. - once you get the hang of it you ill knock them in in 3 hits each. My father and I did 20 nails into 30 joist hangers in about 2 hours. (and he's old)

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    Old Chippy 6K
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    Mar 2007


    Quote Originally Posted by Micmac View Post
    My father and I did 20 nails into 30 joist hangers in about 2 hours. (and he's old)
    An 'oldy' but a goody though!!!
    Advice from me on this forum is general and for guidance based on information given by the member posing the question. Not to be used in place of professional advice from people appropriately qualified in the relevant field. All structural work must be approved and constructed to the BCA or other relevant standards by suitably licensed persons. The person doing the work and reading my advice accepts responsibility for ensuring the work done accords with the applicable law.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2010


    Just use the right nails IMO...

    Use pryda clouts made specifically for the hangers and it will be spot on. With the wrong clouts you can get squeaking and movement (from my, albeit, limited experience)

    The brackets are engineered for nails and work a treat as long as the correct gauge nails are used, and enough fasteners are used per bracket...

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