Glenn Traylor

Compression or Tension Web Configuration—Which is Better?

Glenn Traylor

On a recent Quality Assurance Audit at a large facility, we witnessed a floor truss builder carefully spacing out his floor truss webs in the allotted space available with precision and care. He was very meticulous. I asked him why he was doing that and he explained that his in-house inspector...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Page 32
Rachel Holland, P.E.

Attaching a Deck Ledger to a Home Through Brick or Masonry Veneer—the BVLZ Solution

Rachel Holland

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...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Page 100
Glenn Traylor

Do Connectors on Both Sides of a Truss Ever Need to be Placed Exactly?

Glenn Traylor

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...

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June 2019
Issue #11239
Page 38
Robert Glowinski

AWC Joins Second Year of Timber-Strong Design Build Competition

Robert Glowinski

Eighteen teams from colleges throughout the Southwest United States and Hawaii gained hands-on experience in wood design and construction during the second annual Timber-Strong Design Build competition. AWC joined APA–The Engineered Wood Products Association (APA) and Simpson Strong-Tie...

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June 2019
Issue #11239
Page 82

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...

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June 2019
Issue #11239
Page 98
Glenn Traylor

How Do I Choose Which Plates for a Critical Plate Inspection?

Glenn Traylor

The requirement is: an inspector will, on average, inspect one critical plate for every inspection made during a week. That requirement is the baseline number for the quantity of critical inspections to perform—but because some trusses do not have critical plates, it’s necessary to...

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May 2019
Issue #11238
Page 36
Glenn Traylor

What Decisions Should Truss Builders Be Able to Make?

Glenn Traylor

In the November 2017 article, “So Who Exactly is Responsible for Lumber Quality?”, we discuss the abundance of quality building materials and the responsibility of the fabricator to evaluate their application in products. We should recall the ultimate decision maker in determining...

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April 2019
Issue #11237
Page 34
Mike Momb

Steps to Minimize Snow Load Failures

Mike Momb

Early every year, the National Frame Building Association (NFBA) holds its annual Frame Building Expo—where thousands of post-frame builders, design professionals, and vendors meet for three days filled with break-out sessions, guest presenters, and, of course, a trade show. In...

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April 2019
Issue #11237
Page 44

Choosing Resiliency: Lessons from Hurricane Michael

Doug Allen

Doug Allen, P.E., a structural engineer with Simpson Strong-Tie, looks at the choice homeowners in disaster-prone areas face between simply building to code and building to standards of resilience or IBHS FORTIFIED Home™ standards instead. Resilience, or resiliency: The capacity to...

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April 2019
Issue #11237
Page 90
Stan Sias

Question of the Day: Gable End Frame Connections and Bracing

Stan Sias

I was asked recently why Component Manufacturers (CMs) do not provide the bracing details and holdowns for gable end frames like they do for the common trusses. The question got me thinking because the details are readily available, as are any mechanical connectors that might be needed to...

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March 2019
Issue #11236
Page 60

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