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
Paul McEntee, S.E.

Code Report: Understanding Allowable Load Changes

Paul McEntee

The Simpson Strong-Tie® 2019–2020 Wood Construction Connectors catalog is the first in the industry with updated connector allowable load tables to meet the new ASTM test standards required by the 2015 and 2018 International Building Code® (IBC®). It is designed to...

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March 2019
Issue #11236
Page 90
Mike Momb

A Case for Minimum Post Frame Truss Loads

Mike Momb

In my career, I have done about everything imaginable when it comes to post frame (pole) building trusses. I have been blessed to have been able to spend a better portion of over two decades working within or owning prefabricated MPCWT (metal plate connected wood truss) manufacturing facilities....

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February 2019
Issue #11235
Page 28
J.D. Vacey

The Missing Link – Addressing Roof Ponding by Designing with an HVAC Perspective

J.D. Vacey

As discussed in last month’s article, “Addressing the Roof Truss Design Note: 'Provide adequate drainage to prevent water ponding.’,” by Frank Woeste and Scott Coffman, ponding is an issue not always addressed adequately. Ponding is a design issue, a mishap, or an...

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February 2019
Issue #11235
Page 44

Code Corner: New Year, New Code Developments

Randy Shackelford

Happy new year! A new year brings new developments on the Building Code front. A summary of relevant code activities follows. ICC Update With the end of 2018 and the start of 2019, the ICC Code Development Cycle for the 2021 I-Codes moves into its second year. The Group A cycle online...

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February 2019
Issue #11235
Page 96
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Addressing the Roof Truss Design Note: “Provide adequate drainage to prevent water ponding.”

Frank Woeste

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...

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January 2019
Issue #11234
Page 46
Paul McEntee, S.E.

Questions Answered: Making Wood Connections Work for Two-Hour Fire Walls

Paul McEntee

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,...

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November 2018
Issue #10232
Page 90
Scott D. Coffman, P.E., SECB

Errors in Substituting Dead Load for Live Load in Wood Design

Scott Coffman

Introduction Custom kitchens, with high-end appliances, granite countertops, and central islands, are becoming more and more prevalent in the home market today. These products and finishes are heavy and the dead loads from the central islands and/or cabinets positioned along interior...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 48

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
Frank Woeste. P.E.

When Fashion Affects Structure—Floor Design Considerations for Preventing Tile and Stone Cracks

Frank Woeste

Two kinds of designers are involved in home construction—design professionals responsible for the structure and the interior-focused designers responsible for the final appearance. Although these roles can overlap, it is important for design professionals to be aware of in-service demands...

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June 2018
Issue #10227
Page 60

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