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Stacking Up Wood Against
the Alternatives

When it comes to building materials, there are pros and cons for selecting any of the usual products, which include wood, concrete, steel and brick. But as new advances in technology arise, it’s becoming more clear that lumber products can meet structural demands and environmental soundness, while maintaining cost and time efficiency.   

The use of lumber products for residential and low-rise commercial developments in Hawaii continues to be very popular for many reasons. Aesthetically, wood-framed homes fit many people’s idea of “island living” and offers design options that flow into Hawaii’s tropical setting.

Local homeowners are often concerned about the use of wood because of the possibility of mold and termites; however, the use of borate-treated lumber in construction has been successful for over two decades and is a requirement of the state’s building code. Borate-treated lumber protects homes from fungal decay and pests, including carpenter ants, roaches and the highly destructive Formosan subterranean termite.

Wood-framed houses also offer homeowners the flexibility to easily and cost-consciously modify and expand their homes as needed. This is a major draw for local families who often have multiple generations living in a single home.  

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KBS1Z Knee-Brace Stabilizer

The KBS1Z knee-brace stabilizer makes a structural connection between knee bracing and columns or beams to help stabilize free-standing structures and comply with many prescriptive deck bracing requirements such as AWC’s DCA6 Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide. Factory-formed at a 45° angle and easily installed with nails, the KBS1Z braces 2x, 4x and 6x in line post-to-beam configurations. Check with your local building department for deck bracing requirements.

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RPBZ Retrofit Post Bas

The new RPBZ Retrofit Post Base is designedtoreinforce existing posts and columns. The single, versatile model will fit on any size post consisting of a double 2x4 or larger. RPBZ can also be used to reinforce new post-base connections, such as braced carports, patio covers, decks and other structures. The RPBZ can be installed with the CPS composite plastic standoff to meet a 1" post standoff code requirement. A single RPBZ can be installed on a post that is flush to a corner, and two RPBZs can be installed at away from edge conditions to fortify the post base connection to resist both wind and seismic forces.

Simpson Strong-Tie® Strong-Drive® SDS Heavy-Duty Connector screws install easily and provide excellent holding strength for post-to-flange connections. Additionally, the RPBZ can be purposed as a temporary base fixture for posts when shoring beams. RPBZ comes standard in ZMAX® finish to meet exposure conditions in many environments.

See additional Corrosion information at www.strongtie.com/corrosion.

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