JUNE 1, 2006 – As news reports continue to predict a cluster
of destructive hurricane seasons in the coming years, BOSTITCH
responds with HurriQuake™; its most innovative nail design
yet. Engineering Manager of Fastener Technology Dr. Ed Sutt
said, “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 forces account for the vast majority of structural
damage during hurricanes and earthquakes.”
According to Insurance Information Institute research, insured
losses from the 2004 hurricane season are estimated at $18.8 billion
($22.9 billion including liability claims). In terms of property
damage, this ranks above the 9/11 terrorist attacks as the most
costly catastrophe in U.S. history. “The two million hurricane-related
insurance claims from 2004, caused primarily by wind damage, might
have been significantly lower if HurriQuake™ technology had
been used in the original construction,” explained Dr. Sutt.
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™ withstands
uplift forces of over 271 pounds/square foot (depending on nail
pattern and shank diameter). In essence, this offers up to twice
the resistance to high wind conditions, also referred
to as uplift capacity, when compared to standard 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 design features aggressive ring geometry to reduce
withdrawal failure. As a result, these high-tech nails are rated
for hurricane wind conditions and gusts of up to 170 mph.
Unlike other sheathing nails, HurriQuake™ has its own exclusive
code report (ESR-2020). Because of its performance characteristics, the
HurriQuake™ 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
HurriQuake™ is 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.
Another enhancement includes a stiffer plastic collation formula
that breaks away more effectively as the nail is driven. This reduces “flagging” (the
collection of collation material under the nail head) for a cleaner,
flush application of the next layer. This helps prevent the squeaky
floors that often result from flagging and under-driven nails.
HurriQuake™ touts 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
Dr. Sutt, “The additional cost to use HurriQuake™ nails on
an average 2,000 square foot home is less than fifteen
dollars. This is a small investment when you consider
the fact that it may save thousands of dollars in the long run.”
HurriQuake™ is a 21˚ plastic collated nail featuring two
diameters: .113 (model number RH-S8DR113-HQ) and .131 (model number
RH-S8DR131-HQ). The nails are compatible with the following pneumatic
nailers: BOSTITCH (models N88RH and F21PL), Hitachi (model NR90AC3),
Senco (Frame Pro 652 and 752XP), Porter-Cable (model FR350MAG), and
RIDGID (model R350RHA).