Do you ever wonder how a tiny house is built strong enough to be towed without warping or incurring any type of damage due to strong winds? In our last webinar, we talked briefly about what’s known as Simpson Strong Ties. Also known as Seismic Strong Ties. They’re sometimes called Hurricane Ties too. You use these in stick built structures to help make them stronger, especially useful for the trusses, rafters, and studs on little homes on trailers. These genius ties make building your dwelling easier and way stronger than they’d normally be without them.
To learn more about Seismic Strong Tie Connectors click here. If you want to place an order for some strong ties for your construction project, see the links below:
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Hurricane ties are recommended but the real strength comes from gluing all connection joints and overlapping frame studs. Airplanes have been built with glued and screwed timber frames for many years and a glued joint is extremely strong.
I used these and home made plywood gussets in the peak on my wash house roof (6’x4′ with a 2′ porch, 2×4 rafters 16″ OC, plywood sheathing, ashphalt shingles) and when a wind storm dropped a tree on it there was no damage to the roof other than some scuffing of the shingles and a bit of a ding at the very front of the porch roof. Of course that was partly because of the angle the tree landed at and some other factors but I think some of the rafters would have popped off without these being in place. Luckily it missed some power lines and the clothesline but dropped directly onto the wash house along the 6′ length, partly held up by being still attached to it’s trunk on a slight hill. Glue minimizes separate movement of individual components and helps the structure move more as a whole but the metal or wood fittings help spread and lessen the stress that might cause the wood to splinter beside the glued portion.
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Do u need these when u build with SIP panels? I am new to all of this & planning my escape/dream house, so I need all the info I can get! I want to go with SIPs because the R rating is higher, & Saskatchewan is COLD!! Thanks for any & all ideas/help.
Yeah almost certain you still might need it to attach the roof. SIPs are pretty fascinating. Have you seen this: https://tinyhousetalk.com/sip-tiny-house/
I have been looking for plans to build a travel home. Just for fun.