Need explanation of nail and bolt connections from NDS

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Does anyone have a suggestion for a good text book reference (or other reference material) to help explain the ins and outs of mechanical connections from NDS 2001?
I’m particularly interested in nailed and bolted connections but I guess screwed connections would be good too. I know it is all in the NDS but I have a hard time decifering which mode will apply and I hate to calculate each different equation to figure out which one is the controling one.
Any good references for this would be appreciated.


Here is a great tool put out by AF&PA’s American Wood Council. It is a connections calculator which addresses nails, screws, bolts, and lags laterally loaded and in withdrawl:

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Thanks… will take a gander.


Me too. Thanks.