Fixing requirements update

Fixing at 600 mm centres maximum of top plates that support roofing members to studs, jack studs, and lintels.

Where rafters land on a top plate above a lintel, there are commonly short jack studs between the top of the lintel and the underside of the top plate. NZS 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings has specific fixing requirements to the lintel and to the top plate for these jack studs to resist uplift depending on the:

  • wind zone
  • loaded dimension of the wall
  • roof weight.

NZS 3604:2011 Table 8.18 requires:

  • for light roofs in medium or higher wind zones, 2/90 x 3.15 mm end nails and 2 wire dogs, except where loaded dimension of wall is 2 metres or less, then nails only can be used in medium wind zones
  • for light roofs in the low wind zone, 2 wire dogs are required where the loaded dimension is 5 metres or greater
  • for heavy roofs in high and above wind zones, 2/90 x 3.15 mm end nails and 2 wire dogs, except where loaded dimension of wall is 2 metres or less, then nails only can be used in medium and high wind zones.

A 4.7 kN rated fixing system can be used instead of 2/90 x 3.15 mm end nails and 2 wire dogs and a 0.7 kN rated fixing instead of 2/90 x 3.15 mm end nails.

More detail on the fixings of rafters and top plates is given in the Build 131, To strap or not to strap?

Summarised from BRANZ Guideline, February 2014.

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