Story: Building materials

Nail plates

Nail plates

Nail plates are flat strips of galvanised steel which have been punched to create multiple small prongs on one side. These are hammered into the surface of adjacent pieces of timber to hold them together. They are widely used in framed structures and in the prefabrication of structural elements such as trusses.

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Jeremy Salmond, 'Building materials - Ironmongery', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/25134/nail-plates (accessed 27 October 2021)

Story by Jeremy Salmond, published 11 Mar 2010