Jackson Lumber Catalog

198 March 2018 LUMBER & MILLWORK 1 Evaluate the Application. Consider the type of structure and how it will be used. These recommendations may not apply to non-structural applications such as fences. 2 Evaluate the Environment. Testing and experience indicate that indoor dry environments are less corro- sive than outdoor environments. Determining the type of environment where a connector or fastener will be used is an important factor in selecting the most appropriate material and finish for use on the connectors and fasteners. To help in your decision making, consider the following general exposure information: Interior Dry Use: Includes wall and ceiling cavities, and raised floor applications of enclosed buildings that have been designed to ensure that condensation and other sources of moisture do not develop. Exterior - Dry: Includes outdoor installations in low rainfall environments and no regular exposure to moisture. Exterior - Wet: Includes outdoor installations in higher moisture and rainfall environments. Higher Exposure Use: Includes exposure to ocean salt air, large bodies of water, fumes, fertilizers, soil, some preservative treated woods, industrial zones, acid rain, and other corrosive elements. 3 Evaluate and select a suitable pressure-treated wood for the intended appli- cation and environment. The treated wood supplier should provide all the information needed regarding the wood being used. This information should include: the specific type of wood treatment used, if ammonia was used in the treatment, and the chemical reten- tion level. If the needed information is not provided then Simpson would recom- mend the use of Stainless Steel connectors and fasteners. You should also ask the treated wood supplier for a connector coating or material recommendation. 4 Use the chart AT THE RIGHT, which was created based on Simpson’s testing and experience to select the connector finish or material. If a pressure treated wood product is not identified on the chart, Simpson has not evaluated test results regarding such product and therefore cannot make any recommendation other than the use of Stainless Steel with that product. Manufacturers may independently provide test results or other product use information; Simpson expresses no opinion regarding any such information. Low = Use Simpson standard painted and G90 galvanized connectors as a minimum. Med = Use ZMAX/HDG galvanized connectors as a minimum. Use fasteners galvanized per ASTM A153. High = Use Type 304 or 316 Stainless Steel connectors and fasteners. Connector Coating Recommendation - Structural Applications ACQ-C, ACQ-D (Carbonate), Environment Untreated SBX/DOT CA-B & CBA-A Other Wood & Zinc Higher ACZA or Borate No With Chemical Uncertain Ammonia Ammonia Content 1 Interior Dry Low Low Med Med High High High Exterior - Dry Low N/A 2 Med High High High High Exterior - Wet Med N/A 2 Med 3, 4 High High High High Higher Exposure High N/A 2 High High High High High Uncertain High N/A 2 High High High High High 1. Woods with actual retention levels greater than 0.40 pcf for ACQ, 0.41 pcf for CBA-A, or 0.21 pcf for CA-B (Ground Contact level).  2. Borate treated woods are not appropriate for outdoor use.  3. Test results indicate that ZMAX/HDG will perform adequately, subject to regular maintenance and periodic inspection. However, the nation- ally-approved test method used, AWPA E12-94, is an accelerated test, so data over an extended period of time is not available. If uncertain, use Stainless Steel.  4. Some treated wood may have excess surface chemicals making it potentially more corrosive. If you suspect this or are uncertain, use Stainless Steel. Visit www.strongtie.com/info for more information. 5 Compare the treated wood supplier’s recommendation with the Simpson recommendation. If these recommendations are different, Simpson recommends that the most conservative recommendation be followed. GENERAL SIMPSON RECOMMENDATIONS • For wood with actual retention levels greater than 0.40 pcf for ACQ, 0.41 pcf for CBA-A, or 0.21 pcf for CA-B (Ground Contact), Stainless Steel connectors and fasteners are recommended. Verify actual retention level with the wood treater. • When using Stainless Steel connectors, use Stainless Steel fasten- ers. When using ZMAX/HDG galvanized connectors, use fasteners galvanized per ASTM A153. • Testing indicates wood installed dry reduces potential corrosion. If dry wood is used, see our website for additional information. • With the exception of ACZA, treatments with ammonia carriers were not included in our testing. Preservatives with an ammonia base (carrier) are generally known to be more corrosive. • Contact Simpson for availability of ZMAX™, HDG, and Stainless Steel products. Due to the many variables involved, Simpson cannot provide estimates on service life of connectors, anchors or fasteners. We suggest that all users and specifiers also obtain recommendations for ZMAX™ (G185 per ASTM A653) Hot Dip Galvanized (per ASTM A123 for connectors and ASTM A153 for fasteners and anchors) or mechanically galvanized fasteners and anchors (per ASTM B695 class 55 or greater) or other coatings from the treated wood supplier for the type of wood used. However, as long as Simpson’s recommendations are followed, Simpson stands behind its product performance and our standard warranty applies. EXPANDED CORROSION RESISTANCE PRODUCTS While we’ve always provided finishes with extra corrosion resistance, we have greatly expanded the number of products we offer in ZMAX TM , HDG and stainless steel to help you address your corrosion needs. GUIDELINES FOR SELECTING THE PROPER CONNECTOR CHOOSING THE CORRECT HANGER

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