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Try the Midwest Plan Service, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011.
I'm sorry, I can't find their phone # right now and have to leave the
office (maybe you can check for a website).  They produced a glued
plywood gusset wood truss manual a number of years ago (I have a copy
in my files somewhere).  Their design information was never updated
in accordance with lumber stress changes a few years ago, but it might
serve your purposes anyway.

David L. Williams, P.E.
Vice-Pres., Snyder Engineering, Inc.
Columbia, MO  65202


-----Original Message-----
From: richard lewis [mailto:rlewistx(--nospam--at)juno.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2002 11:33 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Wood Truss Connection Design


I am designing some truss rafters for a children's home in Kenya.  They
need to fabricate the trusses in the field.  They do not have access to
metal side plates.  I was considering using plywood gusset plates.  Can
somebody help me with a good reference for designing wood trusses with
plywood gussets?  Also, has anybody had experience with something easier
or simpler?  I considered just lapping the webs with the top and bottom
chord and nailing them together, but the forces at the truss heal are too
high for that.

Rich
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