FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.26

Lateral Restraints in Pre-Fab Timber Roof Trusses Design vs Installation!    A truss is a very efficient structural member which consists of a group of ties and struts connected to form a structure that acts as a large span beam. The design of the truss is based on a...

FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.25

THE BENEFITS OF SCREWS FOR TIE-DOWNS In my last Tech Talk I hinted at changes in the product landscape for tie down connections. The industry is evolving even in this period of unprecedented change and disruption, and fabricators, builders and certifies are seeing the...

FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.24

THE MATRIX OF TRAINING Training isn’t just important to a company, it is vital. In our industry, if a detailer leaves or if business ramps up, hiring a new or replacement designer becomes a necessity. But training in general is not something that should be limited to...

FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.23

DRIED vs. GREEN TIMBER From day to day, most people have some contact with dried or green timber in specifying and designing timber structures. When designing with dried timber, we must use dry timber during manufacturing timber structural components. The consequence...

FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.22

MACHINE DRIVEN vs HAND-HAMMERED NAIL Timber connection systems rely on a combination of the correct product, fasteners and installation practices to achieve their required capacity. They are typically designed and tested by the manufacturer using their proprietary...

FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.21

SOME RAMIFICATIONS FROM NCC 2019 Now that NCC 2019 is out and being enforced, a couple of hidden “gems” have surfaced that FTMA members and their customers should be aware of. Unfortunately, neither of them are on the positive side of the ledger this time round. To...