New Materials Require New Hardware — Three Fasteners Engineered Specifically for Mass Timber Construction

Neelima Tapata

Simpson Strong-Tie has always been a leader in designing innovative products for various construction markets. As an R&D engineer, I enjoy the opportunities for continuous exploring, experimenting and learning that come with my role. There’s never a dull moment working in research and...

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June 2020
Issue #12251
Page 114
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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April 2020
Issue #12249
Page 124
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Unpredictable Nature and Cause of Cracks at Gypsum Panel Ceiling Joints Perpendicular to Framing

Frank Woeste

Introduction In some arid parts of the Southwest, the occurrence and recurrence of cracks at taped gypsum panel (drywall) joints between panels in residential projects have been reported in trade magazines since the mid-1990s. In some homes of a project, one or two cracks or ridges appear at...

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January 2020
Issue #12246
Page 60
Robert Glowinski

Flame Spread and Code Conformance Guides for Wood Updated

Robert Glowinski

The work the American Wood Council (AWC) carries out makes it easier for code officials, engineers, designers, and builders to ensure that wood products are used in accordance with the most up-to-date consensus-based building codes. Two AWC publications that support the code and design community...

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August 2019
Issue #11241
Page 82
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
Robert Glowinski

Education on Wood Use Important to Marketplace

Robert Glowinski

Every day, component manufacturers are dealing with the entire spectrum of traditional and engineered wood products. In fact, educating your customers may be a key factor in your sales and services. Like you, the American Wood Council (AWC) sees how important education on wood can be to...

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March 2019
Issue #11236
Page 76
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
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
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Truss Lumber: Checking the Moisture Content

Frank Woeste

The lack of attention to the moisture content (MC) of lumber used in truss manufacturing can cause or contribute to in-service performance issues. Mr. Glenn Traylor’s fine article in the September issue of The Advertiser, “Does Your Lumber Have a Shelf Life?”, was greatly...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 80
Robert Glowinski

Now’s the Time to Promote Safe, Sustainable Construction

Robert Glowinski

October is a busy time for the wood products industry. There are not one but three weeks dedicated to national observances important to the safe built environment. Sunday, Oct. 7 – Saturday, Oct. 13: National Fire Prevention Week The National Fire Protection Association’s Fire...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 92

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