Still Using Lag Screws? Consider Self-Tapping Wood Screws Instead

Aram Khachadourian, P.E.

Lag screws are traditionally specified for many structural loads in wood construction. However, recent innovations in engineering for self-tapping wood screws have made them an increasingly popular, labor-saving alternative to lag screws. In the following, Aram Khachadourian, P.E., of Simpson...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 108
Glenn Traylor

When Fabricating Components, Always Consider the End Result

Glenn Traylor

How the product will be used is a very important consideration when designing components, and it also comes into play during fabrication. The attic trusses in the photograph have a wedge installed at the wall–ceiling intersection. This is the intended design. Deeper in the rack,...

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July 2018
Issue #10228
Page 30

Questions Answered: Resisting Uplift with Structural Fasteners

Brian Wert

Of course you know about creating a continuous load path with either connectors or rod tiedown systems, but have you considered using fasteners instead? In this article, Bryan Wert follows up on our May 2 webinar, Drive a New Path: Resisting Uplift with Structural Fasteners, by answering some of...

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July 2018
Issue #10228
Page 96
Paul McEntee, S.E.

Multi-Ply Beam Load Transfer

Paul McEntee

Larger beams are often built up out of smaller 2x or 1¾” members. This can be done for several different reasons: for the convenience of handling smaller members on the jobsite, or because solid 4x, 6x or glulam material is not readily available, or for reasons of cost. Engineered...

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April 2018
Issue #10225
Page 98
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Safety Information for Post-Frame Truss Installation

Frank Woeste

The recent jobsite installation accident involving truss construction, “Three injured in north Washington County barn collapse,” is a reminder of the incredible value of BCSI-B10 for truss installation contractors who install trusses spanning up to 81-ft. and spaced up to 12-ft....

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February 2018
Issue #10223
Page 75

The Never-Ending Search for Truss Repair Information

Kelly Sias

Truss repair is one of the most frequently asked about truss topics. Not surprisingly, when we asked for suggested truss topics in a truss blog, truss repair made the list. Because the summer months bring about a peak in new construction – and plenty of truss repairs to go along with it...

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September 2017
Issue #10218
Page 84
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Anatomy of an Inherently Dangerous Deck

Frank Woeste

Over the period of nine days starting on June 9, 2017, five deck collapses in five states (MT, VA, OH. MI, and WI) were reported in the news media. Using the injury data from the media, the five collapses resulted in a total of 57 injuries. In one case, WAVY.com reported that, after an...

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July 2017
Issue #10216
Page 76
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: How to Predict a Bouncy Floor

Frank Woeste

Background The model International Residential Code (IRC) permits a design live load of 30 psf for “sleeping rooms.” The model codes specify 40 psf for all other rooms. Of the annoying floor vibration complaints we have received, the most common scenario stems from the use...

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June 2017
Issue #10215
Page 68
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

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