Attaching a Deck Ledger to a Home Through Brick or Masonry Veneer—the BVLZ Solution
Brick or masonry veneer has traditionally posed a problem to homeowners and contractors seeking to attach a deck to a home without removing large portions of the veneer or siding. No longer is that the case, thanks to the innovative BVLZ brick veneer ledger connector from Simpson Strong-Tie. In...
Do Connectors on Both Sides of a Truss Ever Need to be Placed Exactly?
Once in a while, I’m asked—Is there ever an occasion when connectors on both sides of the truss need exact placement? Well, the answer might surprise you. There are, in fact, several situations where the top face connector and the bottom face connector need to be exactly...
All Things Wood:
The Critical Job of Truss Builders
Last month’s fine article by Glenn Traylor, “How Do I Choose Which Plates for a Critical Plate Inspection?”, reminded me of investigative experiences I’ve had throughout my career. The work of truss builders is extremely important, as evidenced by instances of truss...
Questions Answered: Strong-Wall® Site-Built Portal Frame System
Simpson Strong-Tie Staff
In this article, we follow up on our April 17 webinar, Meeting Braced-Wall Requirements: A New Portal Frame Solution, by answering some of the interesting questions raised by attendees.
During the webinar, we discussed how the Strong-Wall site-built portal frame system (PFS) provides...
The Last Word:
I-Joists vs. Floor Trusses
The advantages of open-web floor trusses are beginning to decelerate the growth of EWP. Though I-Joist sales per housing start have increased about 6% over the last two years, the trend has slowed considerably. Some of the small gain is due to the continuation of the replacement of solid-sawn...
All Things Wood:
Addressing the Roof Truss Design Note: “Provide adequate drainage to prevent water ponding.”
The purpose of this article to examine the significance and implementation of a typical note that appears on metal plate connected roof-truss drawings when a top-chord-pitch of ¼:12 or less is specified by the Construction Documents. Three questions will be addressed:
What is the...
Questions Answered: Making Wood Connections Work for Two-Hour Fire Walls
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,...
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...
When Fabricating Components, Always Consider the End Result
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,...
Questions Answered: Resisting Uplift with Structural Fasteners
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...