Fastener Testing

NTA understands that fasteners are a crucial part of the design, especially in extreme climate areas such as hurricane or earthquake zones. In any design, however, fastener strength can often determine the viability of a project.

The International Residential Code, as well as the International Building Code, specifies the requirements for the types of fasteners that can be used in either treated or non-treated wood construction. Whether you are concerned about bending strength, corrosion, resistance, or shear, NTA can provide the testing and certification necessary to demonstrate your products’ compliance with the building code.

Accredited Fastener Testing

NTA’s test lab, which is accredited by A2LA, performs a variety of fastener tests to verify code compliance.

The NTA fastener certification program includes:

  • Mechanical testing in wood and plastic lumber
  • Nails, staples, screws, lag bolts
  • Bending strength and stiffness
  • Fastener withdraw
  • Fastener pull through
  • Lateral resistance
  • Corrosion Resistance
  • Sample prep and lumber conditioning
  • Bolted and Timber connection joints
  • Plate type connector joints
  • Joist hanger

NTA conducts fastener tests according to several different methods, including but not limited to:

  • ASTM B117: Standard Practice for Operating Salt Spray (Fog) Apparatus
  • ASTM D1761: Standard Test Methods for Mechanical Fasteners in Wood
  • ASTM E489: Standard Test Method for Tensile Strength Properties of Metal Connector Plates
  • ASTM E767: Standard Test Method for Shear Strength Properties of Metal Connector Plates
  • ASTM F1575: Standard Test Method for Determining Bending Yield Moment of Nails
  • TPI 1: National Design Standard for Metal Plate Connected Wood Truss Construction
  • CSA S347-14: Method of Test for Evaluation of Truss Plates Used in Lumber Joints
  • ICC—ES AC13:  Joist Hangers and Similar Devices

For more information about Fastener Testing contact us.

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