Bostitch Hurriquake Disaster Resistant Nail

By November 9, 2006Emerging Technology


hurriquakenail.jpgThe need for a good hurricane grade fastener is clear. In 2005, $34 B in insurance claims were filed due to the damage of hurricanes. It was a catastrophic year for the spinning giants. You could be like a client of mine and build a concrete reinforced structure in Florida, but most people don’t have the financial means to do that. That’s where the folks at Bostitch come in. They have developed a pretty incredible nail.

There are four main features to the hurriquake nail: the head, the shear shank, the body, and the deep ring anchors. The head is 25% larger than conventional nails and is marked for easy code inspection. The shear shank has great sheer strength at a major stress point. The body is made of “improved plastic collation” that allows for easier driving. And the deep ring anchors have tremendous holding power. The net result is a 2x resistance to high winds. It is rated up to 170 mph winds. But this is the hurriquake nail. It is also built to withstand earthquakes too.

In fact, the nail can decrease structural failure in earthquakes by up to 50%. This is where the shear shank does a good job. The perpendicular forces of an earthquake acting on the nail usually break it. The hurriquake nail does a better job in that area. This is a smart project because it basically covers the entire US in terms of practicality. You will probably be dealing with high winds or earthquakes. Maybe not all the time, but the cost is pretty minimal for better protection.

[tags]disaster proof construction, hurriquake nail[/tags]


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  • matt genoble says:

    Are the HurriQuakes available in strips for pneumatic guns?

  • jd watson says:

    Matt: One criterion of the design was for them to fit in popular nail guns. See Dr. Nail vs. the Monster

  • don’t get too excited about their compatability just yet. i’m a big fan of this nail, and i’m thinkin’ i’m about to buy a box to use on my addition, but i just spoke w/ a bostitch rep who noted the 2, and only 2 of their nailers that these monsters fit in (see thier website). he was dubious when i asked him about my hitachi or my portercable. at issue seems to be the size of the head.

    usually – sheathing nailers aren’t strip nailers – they hold a coil of nails – these apparently come coiled. now i’m huntin’ up a tool rental place that will rent me a bostitch gun (no easy project). as a homeowner i’m not in the market for a 3rd framing nailer, and i certainly don’t have regular use for a sheather.

    before i spend the $69 (not $45 as stated by popsci) for a box of these babies – i want to be darn sure i’m not going to be pounding them in by hand! oooohhh but i want them soooo baaaad!

  • jacquie van wagner says:

    this additional info from a bostitch press release:

    “HurriQuake™ is a 2.1˚ 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).”

    whooohooo! – i’m a happier lady.

    too bad the guys they pay to answer their phones don’t read their own press releases…

  • Bill says:

    Does the Bostitch Hurriquake Disaster Resistant Nail equal an ‘8d nail’ (that is required by Code
    in Escambia Co.,Florida)??

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