One of the most common fasteners used in a home is a metal joist hanger, perhaps for your deck or to hold up the first floor of your home. Chances are that you likely have them at your home, or should.
While inspecting homes, we often encounter two catastrophic issues with them:
- the hangers have not been completely nailed off i.e. each hole in the joist hanger has not been attached with a fastener; and,
- the type of fastener used is incorrect. Not just any nail / screw will do! Generally, only joist hanger nails designed to carry the load of the hanger should be used. Alternatively,connector screws specifically designed for this task can be used.
If you’re not sure whether you require metal joist hangers or if your joist hangers are mechanically fastened properly, get it inspected!