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Try this on for size.  Found in the "Important Information & General Notes" section of the Simpson Strong Tie Wood Construction Connectors-2005 catalog, under "Instructions for the Installer", item c. states (page 11):
"Install all specified fasteners before loading the connection."
I think that just about covers it.  Gotta put the hurricane clip on first before putting on the roof sheeting.  This makes perfect sense to me.  Then again, what do I know?  I'm just an engineer.  *smile*
Dave Maynard, PE
Gillette, Wyoming
-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Hsi [mailto:bsh(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2005 2:53 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Roof Truss Tie Downs

Hi all!


I think I have a simple question, but then again…maybe it’s not that simple.  Can someone please inform me if there is literature or a code that requires the installation of roof truss tie-downs or hurricane clips prior to the installation of the roof sheathing?  I figure it’s a “no brainer” and common sense tells you that you need to tie the trusses down before you attach the component that will cause the uplift on the truss.  I would appreciate if anyone could point to specific literature stating this.  Or, let me know if I’m “out to lunch” on this one.




Brian Hsi, P.E.