June 4, 2008 – NEW YORK CITY, NY – Stanley-Bostitch announced today two significant advancements for the highly-acclaimed HurriQuake® disaster-resistant nail. Product Manager Dan Burgjohann said, “HurriQuake® nails have obtained an exclusive building code evaluation report for the 30 most common framing connections in addition to its recognition as a high performance sheathing nail. This means that contractors can use one nailer – if they are loaded with HurriQuake® nails - to virtually frame and sheath an entire home.” A second advancement is that HurriQuake® nails are now available in coil wire collation. According to Burgjohann, “This means that contractors finally have a choice when it comes to their preferred nail collation … they can use either 15-degree collated nails or 21-degree plastic collated nails.”
The HurriQuake® nail can be described as a ‘smart nail’ … it knows how to withstand two very different types of destructive forces - uplift and shear - like no other nail. These two forces account for the vast majority of structural damage during hurricanes and earthquakes. Most wood frame construction fails at the fastening point, which is why a superior nail design is so critical to structural integrity. Two independent laboratory tests concluded that HurriQuake® nails withstand up to twice the resistance to high wind conditions, also referred to as uplift capacity, when compared to standard smooth shank sheathing nails.
The HurriQuake® nail features nearly a 25% 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. Also, its unique shank features an aggressive ring geometry to reduce withdrawal failure. As a result, these hightech nails are rated for hurricane wind conditions and gusts of up to 170 mph.
Unlike other sheathing nails, HurriQuake® nails have two exclusive code reports (ICC ESR-2020 and IAPMO report number 0120). Because of its performance characteristics, this disaster-resistant nail exceeds Miami-Dade county code, which is arguably one of the strictest construction codes in the country. As a result, the head of the nail is marked with either an “HQ1” or “HQ2” for easy identification during inspections.
HurriQuake® nails are versatile enough to battle another one of Mother Nature’s most destructive forces - an earthquake. Earthquakes, an altogether different type of structural force, create stress at an angle perpendicular to the nail (referred to as shear load). This explains why damaged structures sometimes droop or lean after earthquakes. Because of its improved shank design, the HurriQuake® nail delivers up to 50% more resistance to earthquake conditions, thereby reducing the potential for major structural damage.
HurriQuake® nails tout high-quality carbon steel alloy construction to meet code requirements and exceed a bend yield of 100,000 psi. “The value proposition of this next generation nail is quite compelling.” said Burgjohann, “The additional cost to use HurriQuake® nails on an average 2,000 square foot home is less than $35. This is a small investment when you consider the fact that it may save thousands of dollars in the long run.”
HurriQuake® nails are available (in either brite or galvanized finishes) in two diameters: .113 (model number RH-S8DR113-HQ) and .131 (model number RH-S8DR131-HQ). The coil collated nails are compatible with the new Stanley®-Bostitch® model N80CB-HQ. The plastic collated nails are compatible with the following pneumatic nailers: Stanley- Bostitch (models N88RH and F21PL), Hitachi (model NR90AC3), Senco (Frame Pro 652 and 752XP), Porter-Cable (model FR350MAG), and RIDGID (model R350RHA).
Stanley-Bostitch (www.bostitch.com), a subsidiary of The Stanley Works (NYSE: SWK), is a leading manufacturer of pneumatic nailers & staplers, fasteners, compressors, office products, and related accessories for market segments including commercial/residential construction, manufactured housing, manufactured furniture/bedding, professional woodworking, sophisticated hobbyists, and office workers everywhere. Headquartered in East Greenwich, RI, Stanley-Bostitch operates multiple manufacturing facilities throughout the globe