Glenn Traylor

Are Roof and Floor Trusses the Only Components that Need a Quality Assurance Program?

Glenn Traylor

Roof and floor trusses are important components that need special consideration to insure their correct manufacture. Components built to the IRC and IBC require the manufacturer to adhere to specific requirements. These requirements provide a blueprint to facilitate the manufacturing of a...

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November 2018
Issue #10232
Page 31
Paul McEntee, S.E.

How to Safely Select Nail Substitutions for Connectors

Paul McEntee

A few days ago, I was speaking to a customer about an application using alternate fasteners for a joist hanger installation. Her questions come up often, so I thought I would dedicate a post to some of the resources available that cover the use of different nails in connectors. Designers and...

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June 2018
Issue #10227
Page 102
Joe Kannapell

Automating Wall Panel Production

Joe Kannapell

To expedite the adoption of pre-built wall panels, shop labor must be significantly lower than site labor. That means replacing hand-nailing, measuring, cutting, and manhandling with practices that have been proven in truss fabrication. In addition, major builders and reluctant framers demand...

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December 2017
Issue #10221
Page 20
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

How to Pick a Connector Series – Truss Hangers

Kelly Sias

In another article in the “How to Pick a Connector Series,” Randy Shackelford discussed the various considerations involved in selecting a joist hanger. So why is this article about truss hangers? A hanger is a hanger, right? Before I moved into the Engineering Department at Simpson...

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December 2016
Issue #09209
Page 68

How to Pick a Connector Series – Selecting Fasteners

Aram Khachadourian, P.E.

The parts won’t hold themselves up. They have to be fastened in place. In a previous entry in this series, Randy Shackelford, PE addressed selecting a joist hanger. This article focuses on the fasteners recommended for various wood connectors. For straps, holdowns, and other...

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October 2016
Issue #09207
Page 68
Paul McEntee, S.E.

How to Select a Connector Series – Holdowns

Paul McEntee

This article discusses how to select holdowns and tension ties, which are key components in a continuous load path. They are used to resist uplift due to shearwall overturning or wind uplift forces in light-frame construction. In panelized roof construction, holdowns are used to anchor concrete...

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September 2016
Issue #09206
Page 64

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