Landon Boucher

Structural Connectors for Wood Framing – An Evolving Innovation

Landon Boucher

I love history, particularly the history of wood framing in the U.S. One segment of this category that has some confusion surrounding it is the history of metal connectors used to join two or more wood members to make a structural connection. There are many types of structural connectors,...

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July 2024
Issue #16300
Page 64
Caleb Knudson

Innovating from the Ground Up: Welcome to the Future!

Caleb Knudson

At Simpson Strong-Tie, Risk-Taking Innovation is central to our mission of helping people design and build safer, stronger structures. We’ve devoted a tremendous amount of effort and resources to thoughtfully cultivating a culture of innovation. And as Engineers, we’ve been armed...

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 114
Paul McEntee, S.E.

Up to the Test: The Heavy Seated Knife Plate Beam Hanger for Mass Timber

Paul McEntee

In response to the increasing demand for mass timber construction, Simpson Strong-Tie  has created mass timber solutions for these builds. These product additions include our Heavy Seated Knife Plate (HSKP), ACBH concealed beam hanger,  and CBH concealed beam hanger. Gain insights into...

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March 2024
Issue #16296
Page 108
Bryan Wert, MS, PE, SECB

A New Wood Construction Connectors Catalog for the New Year

Bryan Wert

We just released our updated Wood Construction Connectors catalog (C-C-2024) which features our product line that has a legacy that started in 1956. This year’s 372-page version begins with a colorful, attention-grabbing cover design and is packed inside with all the technical details that...

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February 2024
Issue #16295
Page 100
Geordie Secord

Design Connections: Where Does the Responsibility Lie?

Geordie Secord

In “Cost-Saving Measures and Memorable Debacles,” I discussed the problems encountered on a site where the owner was acting as general contractor for his new house build and problems that ensued when an inexperienced framer was tasked with installing a complex truss roof. In that...

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January 2024
Issue #16294
Page 80
Paul McEntee, S.E.

Why Fire-Rated Hangers Are Required in Type III Wood-Frame Buildings

Paul McEntee

One of the first mixed-use designs I worked on as a consulting structural engineer was a four-story wood-frame building over two levels of parking. Designing the main lateral-force-resisting system with plywood shearwalls was a challenge for this project that required new details to meet the...

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August 2023
Issue #15289
Page 108
John Croll

Truss Properties Manager with IntelliVIEW Suite 22.02

John Croll

The Truss Properties Manager makes it easier for designers to review the trusses in the job and confirm they are designed as expected. Truss designers must consider a variety of factors when creating designs. They are expected to work quickly to produce low-cost and highly accurate jobs per...

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January 2023
Issue #15282
Page 76
Geordie Secord

Design Connections: Cost-Saving Measures and Memorable Debacles

Geordie Secord

A recent truss and EWP project had so many site-related problems, it must go down on my list of most memorable for all the wrong reasons. Like many of you, I’ve certainly experienced challenging jobs in the past, but it seemed like the stream of problems just never ended. As is often...

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January 2023
Issue #15282
Page 92
Paul McEntee, S.E.

LTTP2 — an Update to a Classic Light Tension Tie

Paul McEntee

It would give you an incomplete idea of the new LTTP2 light tension tie if we didn’t first discuss the original LTT series. The LTT20 tension tie first appeared in our 1987 Connectors for Wood Construction catalog as a post-pour, wood-to-concrete connector. The LTT20 installed with nails...

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April 2022
Issue #14273
Page 114
Simpson Strong-Tie Staff

Field-Adjustable Sloped and Skewed Hangers — Introducing New LSSR Sizes

Simpson Strong-Tie Staff

With the recent introduction of our new LSSR rafter hangers for 2x lumber, we thought we’d provide some background on how these new hangers were developed and why. Field-adjustable sloped and skewed hangers allow designers to specify widely available, economical connection solutions....

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January 2022
Issue #14270
Page 106
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