Paul McEntee, S.E.

Code Report: Understanding Allowable Load Changes

Paul McEntee

The Simpson Strong-Tie® 2019–2020 Wood Construction Connectors catalog is the first in the industry with updated connector allowable load tables to meet the new ASTM test standards required by the 2015 and 2018 International Building Code® (IBC®). It is designed to...

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March 2019
Issue #11236
Page 90
Paul McEntee, S.E.

Questions Answered: Making Wood Connections Work for Two-Hour Fire Walls

Paul McEntee

In this article, Paul McEntee follows up on our July 25 webinar, Making Wood Connections Work for Two-Hour Fire Walls, by answering some of the interesting questions raised by attendees. We presented an hour-long webinar recently about using fire wall hangers in Type III wood-frame buildings,...

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November 2018
Issue #10232
Page 90
Paul McEntee, S.E.

Making Wood Connections Work for Two-Hour Fire Walls

Paul McEntee

My wife made furniture shopping a family event last weekend, which meant I had to go. The showroom was in a concrete tilt-up with open-web steel joists and a wood roof. My oldest son asked me who decides what construction materials are used, and why. He’s starting college in the fall and...

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September 2018
Issue #10230
Page 102
Paul McEntee, S.E.

How to Safely Select Nail Substitutions for Connectors

Paul McEntee

A few days ago, I was speaking to a customer about an application using alternate fasteners for a joist hanger installation. Her questions come up often, so I thought I would dedicate a post to some of the resources available that cover the use of different nails in connectors. Designers and...

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June 2018
Issue #10227
Page 102
Paul McEntee, S.E.

What You Should Know About the New DGH Fire Wall Hanger Options

Paul McEntee

Does everyone do year-end performance reviews to discuss how you did on your project objectives and professional development goals? I love meeting with my team to recap all their amazing accomplishments for the past year, discussing long-term career plans and figuring out the steps we will take...

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February 2018
Issue #10223
Page 96
Paul McEntee, S.E.

Installation Errors – They Happen

Paul McEntee

A few years ago, we created an article on creative uses of our products. Most of the uses shown were artistic, or functional do-it-yourself projects, with one odd car spoiler modification. This week, I was reviewing some slides in a presentation that I give a few times a year regarding product...

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June 2017
Issue #10215
Page 84

How to Pick a Connector Series: Selecting a Joist Hanger

Randy Shackelford

A quick glance through the Simpson Strong-Tie® Wood Construction Connectors catalog shows that we manufacture at least 29 different models of face-mount wood-to-wood joist hangers, three separate models of face-mount wood-to-masonry hangers, 42 different models of top-flange wood-to-wood...

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March 2017
Issue #10212
Page 76

How to Pick a Connector Series – Truss Hangers

Kelly Sias

In another article in the “How to Pick a Connector Series,” Randy Shackelford discussed the various considerations involved in selecting a joist hanger. So why is this article about truss hangers? A hanger is a hanger, right? Before I moved into the Engineering Department at Simpson...

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December 2016
Issue #09209
Page 68
Stan Sias

Question of the Day: Eliminating Hanger Gaps

Stan Sias

What can be done to help eliminate hanger gaps when attaching end jacks, or common trusses, at 90 degrees to the girder truss? This month’s installment is a good question with a really easy solution. I was on another jobsite recently when I noticed a series of small (about 8’...

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August 2016
Issue #09205
Page 4

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