Glenn Traylor

How Do Your Manufacturing Errors Rank on the List?

Glenn Traylor

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” Apparently, she never worked in a truss plant, where I think everyone will make them all at least once. But humor aside, let’s take a look at the...

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April 2020
Issue #12249
Page 41
Glenn Traylor

How Important are Construction Tolerances?

Glenn Traylor

Back in the days before Autoset C®, Matchpoint®, and Wizard®, truss set-ups and the truss profile were dependent on the truss builder’s ability to accurately jig the truss being built using cross reference information and data. For example, a heel to peak measurement was taken...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 41
Craig Savage

A Case for Innovation in the Building Industry

Craig Savage

For years, I’ve been interested in why the residential building industry has been so slow to innovate. Other industries constantly innovate. The U.S. automobile industry, arguably pushed along by Japan and European car makers, continues to advance its products and production methods....

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 72
Rachel Holland, P.E.

Upgrade Your Coiled Strap: How an Innovative Embossment Takes Utility Straps to the Next Level

Rachel Holland

CS16 coiled straps. I can’t tell you how many thousands (maybe more) I specified during my time as a consulting engineer. Straps are used everywhere. They were then, and are now, a go-to solution for drag and uplift loads. I didn’t have to look them up in the catalog — I knew...

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February 2020
Issue #12247
Page 118

Automation is Easy with the Right Support

The Spida Team

Bringing in a new cutting saw – even a high-tech version – is a surprisingly straightforward experience, but it succeeds or fails based on the quality of service and know-how. From purchase through installation to on-going support, Spida will help you automate successfully. One...

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January 2020
Issue #12246
Page 15
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Unpredictable Nature and Cause of Cracks at Gypsum Panel Ceiling Joints Perpendicular to Framing

Frank Woeste

Introduction In some arid parts of the Southwest, the occurrence and recurrence of cracks at taped gypsum panel (drywall) joints between panels in residential projects have been reported in trade magazines since the mid-1990s. In some homes of a project, one or two cracks or ridges appear at...

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January 2020
Issue #12246
Page 60
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: The Last Word on Panelization – Floor Panels are Coming

Joe Kannapell

Framing a house in one day will require floor panels, or “cassettes” in modern parlance. So be ready for this final phase in componentization, creating new opportunities, more computerization, and… Low-boy or drop-deck flatbed trailers to minimize trips to job. Extra...

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January 2020
Issue #12246
Page 129

Adjustable Hanger or Custom Hanger — You Make the Call

Randy Shackelford

It would be a lot simpler for designing engineers if structural connections were always for members at right angles to one another. Often, connections have to be designed for supported members that are at a skewed or sloped angle rather than perpendicular to the header. In these cases, the...

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December 2019
Issue #11245
Page 104
Rachel Holland, P.E.

Questions Answered: CSHP High-Performance Coiled Strap

Rachel Holland

We recently hosted an interactive webinar in which our new high-performance coiled strap’s product manager, Thom Murphy, and I discussed how an innovative embossment is a game changer for coiled strap, making it easier and faster to install with a standard framing nailer. During the...

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November 2019
Issue #11244
Page 108
Paul McEntee, S.E.

Why a Structural Boundary Member Between a Truss/Rafter is Not Optional

Paul McEntee

Blocking or boundary member? In my experience traveling across the country observing wood-framed construction, it was apparent that east of the Rocky Mountains, structural wood members in-line with supporting walls between roof framing cease to be installed. Some may call these wood members...

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October 2019
Issue #11243
Page 106

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