I am trying to find a nailing pattern for my 5ply 2x6 built-up wood column. According to NDS 188.8.131.52 b) all nails have to penetrate all my laminations and at least 3/4 of my outermost lamination. For my 5ply wood column the nail should have a length of at least 7.125" but the maximum size of a common nail, 60D, is 6in. Should I use bolts to attach my plies together? I heard is an expensive option. Should I use a stronger species thus reducing my number of plies? What would be the best option for my case?
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