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Simpson’s values are largely based on testing, and in this case, the exterior strap condition was tested.


Ted Ryan


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From: chuck utzman [mailto:chuckuc(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, December 23, 2004 11:52 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Strap hold down detailing


I go over the plywood & consider the strap nails sufficient to serve as the local plywood EN (it's also then possible to see what they did & verify strap/nails).

 I've also not been comfortable with such close nail spacing on the stud, so I bump the length up & tell them to nail every other hole.  I'd be very uncomfortable about stud splitting with both sets of nails in a 2x.  I'll better you a nickel that Simpson's values are calculated, not tested, for a lot of these straps.
Chuck Utzman, P.E.
Bill Allen, S.E. wrote:




Now that I’m just relaxing (just waiting for USC to show OU exactly what an “average” offense is like), I thought I would throw out a question to find out how others do things.

Currently, I detail straps to be installed over the plywood (oops, Wood Structural Panel) sheathing. Otherwise, it would be difficult to install the SW edge nailing. Simpson has load tested this condition and they believe it is O.K. to install it like this. I know there may be some who don’t like this installation, but for the purposes of this topic, let’s assume it’s O.K.

For CS straps, which are 1-1/4” wide, a single 2X stud may be adequate for anchorage. Similarly, for CMST straps which are 3” wide, double 2X studs would be a mimumum and may be adequate for anchorage (both for tension and compression). Let’s assume that they are for the purposes of this topic. With this scenario, how do you address the stud which has the shear wall edge nailing as well as the strap nails? I’ve heard where some folks omit the edge nailing at the strap. For short straps, this doesn’t seem to be much of a problem. A CS16 has an end length of 11” with 10d nails and 14” with 8d nails. However, with a CMST12, the strap is more than half the height of the shear wall. I’m having trouble reconciling forces with a FBD (load transfers from the SW into the end post back through the SW into the strap).

Of course, one could make the end post wider to allow the edge nailing to run past the strap. For a CS, that would require a double stud. For a CMST, that would require 3-2Xs. I don’t have so much of a problem with the larger strap (of course, all of the multiple studs would have to be face nailed to transfer the load from the edge nailing to the hold down strap), but it seems to me that this *might* be “overkill” for a lightly loaded CS strap. After all, CS20, CS18 and CS16 straps have capacities of 1,030 lbs, 1,370 lbs and 1,705 lbs respectively.

Opinions and comments are welcome.


T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E. (CA #2607)


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