I am not asking for opinions or what is better than the other. I am looking for literature with data that shows the specifications and guidance on how to compare them with each other on a performance level (not cost).

I hope I am using the appropriate nomenclatures here. Correct me if I am wrong please.

  1. Framing Nail: 16d 3.5 inches long
  2. Paslode Framing Nails: 3.5 inches long 0.131 diameter shank (PN: 097987)
  3. GRK R4 Multe-Purpose Screw #9 3.5 inches long
  4. GRK R4 Multe-Purpose Screw #10 3.5 inches long

BTW, I own a Paslode Cordless XP Framing Nailer.

I will be doing some framing that will be inspected by the AHJ. I would like to use GRK R4 Multip-purpose screws for the framing of the 2 by X lumber. Let's assume all fasteners are acceptable by the AHJ.

How do I compare the specifications of framing fasteners?

I presume that Item 1. Framing Nail is the standard.


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    Are you in an earthquake zone? If so, nails are often preferred, because they can pull out a little bit and push back in without issue during an earthquake, whereas a screw would snap. – Nate S. Oct 28 '20 at 21:14
  • What "performance" do you care about? Construction screws appeared specifically as an alternative to framing nails in terms of shear strength, while providing the usability features of screws. Your fastener packaging or supplier should be able to provide you with the exact shear strength ratings. What else do you want to know? – Peter Duniho Oct 28 '20 at 22:05
  • I posted the question to learn something I did not know. Teach me something. – Turtle Turtle Oct 28 '20 at 22:27
  • How would you explain this to a 16 year old junior apprentice? First, I would show the apprentices what a 16d framing nail looks like and what it is used for. Then provide the specifications like the framing nail is 3.5" x 0.135", shear is X. Then GRK R4 is A, B, C, etc. and comparable product. It is good to use nails for "THIS" and GRK R4 for "THAT". – Turtle Turtle Oct 28 '20 at 22:29
  • Then, how do I read and understand the information on the fastener's package. – Turtle Turtle Oct 28 '20 at 22:33

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