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Construction for Landscape Architecture by Jamie Liversedge, Robert Holden

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Fasteners and connections

The various components that make up the elements of a structure—whether a lumber deck, a pergola, railings, or the liner of a pool—require connecting. To do that, you may use flexible or rigid fixings, or you can use hinges. There are two basic types of fastening:

Positional fastenings, which hold components together and comprise:

  • Flexible fasteners: lumber joints, pegs, and dowels, lashings and ties, and some adhesives;
  • Rigid fasteners: bolts and nuts, screws, nails, and many adhesives; and
  • Articulation or rotational fastenings: hinges and springs which permit movement on a plane.

Loadbearing fastenings, such as anchor points or base plates, which transfer a load from, for example, a post to a foundation or from a ...

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