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DEC 2018

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PRODUCT EVOLUTIONS Earlier this fall, Simpson Strong-Tie intro- duced a high-performance brick tie that estab- lishes a connection between a wood structure and a brick façade. e basic corrugated brick tie has some limitations in use—the brick ve- neer must be 1 inch or less away from the wall—so the company developed a stronger sheet metal brick tie that can bridge gaps up to 3 inches, Shackelford notes. "Newer construction, with mixtures of stone or other materials with standard brick, often results in airspaces greater than 1 inch," he says. Simpson Strong-Tie also launched its PSQ pile strap, a straight tie designed for homes raised on pilings. e PSQ reinforces FastenMaster recently innovated with its FrameFAST System, a screw and driver tool that—when all the connections are made— gives a structure a continuous load path with a single fastener type. e FrameFAST System facilitates the connection between the truss and top plate, stud to top plate, stud to bottom plate and plate to rim on down, explains Mark Dicaire, technical manager at FastenMaster. "In areas that are prone to severe weather, ensuring the structure is securely fastened all the way to the foundation is critical," he adds. "FrameFAST boasts increased uplift values [compared to] standard methods—with the simplicity of one fastener and a fast, easy-to- use [installation] tool." and structural engineer as well as the direc- tor of engineering, lateral systems, at MiTek. "High winds can work to laterally destabilize a building; suction forces induced by high winds may attempt to lift and separate the roof from the structure; and flooding or storm surge can induce large lateral forces." Other products from MiTek, including its Z4 Tie-Down System and USP wood connec- tors, have been effective in holding a house to- gether, he adds. ey strengthen the resistance to wind uplift forces on a roof, minimizing the damage from a hurricane or another extreme weather event. "It is important to have a full range of building products that can address these hazards," Karns says. In areas that are prone to severe weather, ensuring the structure is securely fastened all the way to the foundation is critical. Mark Dicaire, FastenMaster Photo: ©iStockphoto.com, ParkerDeen 34 December 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com PRODUCT TRENDS: Structural

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