Chris Scott

2020 Preview

Chris Scott

It’s been the time of year for reflection and forecasting, thinking about what can be learned from last year and what should be expected from the new year to come. The most successful of us are the best at applying those lessons learned and having the ability to anticipate upcoming changes...

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February 2020
Issue #12247
Page 17
Rachel Holland, P.E.

Upgrade Your Coiled Strap: How an Innovative Embossment Takes Utility Straps to the Next Level

Rachel Holland

CS16 coiled straps. I can’t tell you how many thousands (maybe more) I specified during my time as a consulting engineer. Straps are used everywhere. They were then, and are now, a go-to solution for drag and uplift loads. I didn’t have to look them up in the catalog — I knew...

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February 2020
Issue #12247
Page 118
Rachel Holland, P.E.

Questions Answered: CSHP High-Performance Coiled Strap

Rachel Holland

We recently hosted an interactive webinar in which our new high-performance coiled strap’s product manager, Thom Murphy, and I discussed how an innovative embossment is a game changer for coiled strap, making it easier and faster to install with a standard framing nailer. During the...

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November 2019
Issue #11244
Page 108
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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