One of our trusted partners that we use in framing your new home since 2002 is QuickTies™. QuickTies™ are the most effective wood frame and CMU structural tie-down system for both single-family and multi-family construction.
QuickTies™ is used to resist uplift loads from the roof system, shear at the bottom plate, and overturning forces at the ends of shear walls. When QuickTies™ is used, it is possible to omit all straps and construction hardware between the double top plates on the uppermost floor to the sole or sill plate on the lowest floor. Hurricane clips attaching the double top plate to the trusses must remain, however. A single QuickTie™ installed between the double top plate of the uppermost floor and the foundation serves adequately as a hold-down for any shear wall. It replaces one hold down on the lowest floor and straps between floors at the second floor and third floor. QuickTies™ is designed to securely anchor the top plate of the uppermost floor to the foundation. QuickTies™ is made of 7×19 type galvanized aircraft wire rope with factory-installed threaded studs swaged at each end.
QuickTies™ are attached to the foundation with mechanical or chemical anchor attachments and the top plate using steel plates or special washers and threaded hex nuts. The bottom end of the QuickTie™ is anchored to the foundation by drilling a hole through the treated lumber sole plate into the concrete slab/foundation and inserting the threaded stud into the hole after it has been cleaned and filled with a special QuickTie™ Epoxy adhesive. The correct embedment of the threaded stud is easily verified by measuring the length of the threaded stud protruding above the top of the treated lumber soleplate. Also protruding above the top of the soleplate is the excess epoxy from the hole into the concrete. The protruding epoxy indicates that the threaded stud is completely encased from the bottom of the hole in the concrete to the top of the treated lumber soleplate. This is extremely important because the threaded stud is now isolated against the corrosive effects of the treated lumber on unprotected steel.
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