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Use of proper fasteners would prevent lots of tornado damage

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To the editor,

Please explain why all those pictures of storm or tornado damage show structures torn apart, but NONE of the rafters or studs broken! Meanwhile adjacent structures are undamaged!

The obvious problem is substandard fastening. Where six 16d nails are specified at a joint, we find two 12 d nails! Today proper structure would require SCREWS at all joints. With modern tools screws are faster and more accurate. The tiny bit saved with substandard fastening is ...

To the editor,

Please explain why all those pictures of storm or tornado damage show structures torn apart, but NONE of the rafters or studs broken! Meanwhile adjacent structures are undamaged!

The obvious problem is substandard fastening. Where six 16d nails are specified at a joint, we find two 12 d nails! Today proper structure would require SCREWS at all joints. With modern tools screws are faster and more accurate. The tiny bit saved with substandard fastening is nothing compared to cost of loss in minor winds.

I expect that ONLY insurance companies will pay attention to this, since they will end up paying for the loss.

Jack Stephenson

Senior Staff Engineer HAC

Gilford