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

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

Questions Answered: Resisting Uplift with Structural Fasteners

Brian Wert

Of course you know about creating a continuous load path with either connectors or rod tiedown systems, but have you considered using fasteners instead? In this article, Bryan Wert follows up on our May 2 webinar, Drive a New Path: Resisting Uplift with Structural Fasteners, by answering some of...

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July 2018
Issue #10228
Page 96
Paul McEntee, S.E.

Multi-Ply Beam Load Transfer

Paul McEntee

Larger beams are often built up out of smaller 2x or 1¾” members. This can be done for several different reasons: for the convenience of handling smaller members on the jobsite, or because solid 4x, 6x or glulam material is not readily available, or for reasons of cost. Engineered...

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April 2018
Issue #10225
Page 98
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Anatomy of an Inherently Dangerous Deck

Frank Woeste

Over the period of nine days starting on June 9, 2017, five deck collapses in five states (MT, VA, OH. MI, and WI) were reported in the news media. Using the injury data from the media, the five collapses resulted in a total of 57 injuries. In one case, WAVY.com reported that, after an...

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July 2017
Issue #10216
Page 76

Mass Timber Construction – Building for the Future

Fred Tai

The future is here. It is common knowledge that wood is a renewable and environmentally friendly building material. There are two types of wood-framing methods in North America. The most common method for residential construction is light-frame construction using either balloon-framing or...

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April 2017
Issue #10213
Page 76

How to Pick a Connector Series: Selecting a Joist Hanger

Randy Shackelford

A quick glance through the Simpson Strong-Tie® Wood Construction Connectors catalog shows that we manufacture at least 29 different models of face-mount wood-to-wood joist hangers, three separate models of face-mount wood-to-masonry hangers, 42 different models of top-flange wood-to-wood...

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March 2017
Issue #10212
Page 76

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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