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

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.

Holdown Anchorage Solutions

Paul McEntee

A couple years ago, I did a post on selecting holdown anchorage solutions. At the time, we had created a couple engineering letters that tabulated SSTB, SB and PAB anchor solutions for each holdown to simplify specifying anchor bolts. About a year later, a salesperson suggested we tabulate SSTB,...

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March 2018
Issue #10224
Page 94
Robert Glowinski

2018 Wood Design Standards Available Online

Robert Glowinski

The recent approval of the 2018 International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) is of keen interest to professionals in the construction industry as it often means expanded options for structural applications. In support of these two codes, the American Wood Council...

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January 2018
Issue #10222
Page 70

Truss-to-Truss and Truss-to-Everything Else Connections

Kelly Sias

One of the questions I am asked most frequently is “Who is responsible for the truss-to-(fill in the blank) connection? One such example is the truss-to-wall connection. To answer this question, it helps to recognize there are two types of connections: a truss-to-truss connection and a...

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December 2017
Issue #10221
Page 90
Glenn Traylor

So What is the Big Deal About Member to Member Gaps?

Glenn Traylor

Compliance with ANSI/TPI 1–2014 requires maintaining member to member gaps at less than 1/4 inch. An exception would be for floor truss chord splices where the limit is 1/16 inch. Let us take a look at two different situations, the first being a roof truss and the second being a 4 x 2...

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June 2017
Issue #10215
Page 30

Designing Overhangs on Gable Ends

Randy Shackelford

It seems that each major hurricane tends to teach those of us in the construction industry some lesson. With Hurricane Andrew, the lessons were the importance of protection from windborne debris, and the importance of proper construction of gable ends. There are two main areas where gable...

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November 2016
Issue #09208
Page 64
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

How to Select a Connector – Hurricane Ties

Keith Cullum

When it comes to wood frame construction, hurricane ties are among the most commonly specified connectors. They play a critical role in a structure’s continuous load path and may be used in a variety of applications, like attaching roof framing members to the supporting wall top plate(s),...

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August 2016
Issue #09205
Page 60

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