How are truss plates installed at a factory?
I've tried to install these things with a hammer, and it just dont work.
They get all dented up and just dont make a good fastner. Apparently
these factories have a press that pushes the whole plate into the wood.
Just to be clear, I'm referring to these:
(randomly chosen website to obtain a picture).
Yes, they are sold at all building supply places and hardware stores. I
really never understood why either....
I've never built trusses, but made frames for barn doors, where the 2x4s
are laid flat. All those truss plates did was piss me off. I finally
bought the plain flat steel ones with lots of holes in them, and pounded
in a fistful of roofing nails in each plate. At least those work. The
last door I built, I didn't have any of those things on hand, so I just
took some scrap galvanized tin from furnace ducts, cut out squares, and
drove a lot of roofing nails thru the metal. Worked fine, and saved a
few bucks too.
Yes, they even have special nails just for that. But there is nothign
wierd about it. Talk to the bean counters about how much cheaper and
more effieient it is to press them in than pay a guy to hammer them
There must be some sort of tool made to install these things at home.
They sure are popular these days. Actually, I did install one of them
using a press (of sorts). I was just seeing if it would work on some
scrap lumber. The results were better than using a hammer, but not
really acceptable. I parked my farm tractor where I planned to use the
truss plate. Then placed the boards on a flat concrete surface, (under
one edge of the tractor). I placed the truss plate across the boards.
Then put a heavy piece of 1/2" thick steel on top of the truss plate.
Took my handyman jack, put the base of the jack on top of that piece of
steel, and jacked up the tractor. The weight of the jack and tractor
did push the pins from the truss plate into the wood, but it was not
even. I suppose the jack was not exactly centered and/or weight not
evenly distributed as the tractor was raised.
In the end, the result was better than using a hammer, but I still had
to use a hammer to even it out, and some of the pins had bent rather
than gone into the wood.
Not the ideal situation and it would be a lot of work to make a large
truss in this way, if not impossible because there is limited space
under the tractor tires. However, it was an experiment.
Exactly what I thought. But that does make me question why they are
sold at almost all the home centers and lumber yards????
You'd think that they would sell some sort of installation tool.
Although I dont think any hand tool would apply enough pressure. I
thought of using C-clamps over heavy steel plates but I dont even need
to try it, because you just cant apply enough pressure that way.
I'd like to see a photo of one of these presses they use in a factory.
Google didn't find anything (so far).
Holy shit, they are a lot bigger than I thought. It says they press 63
tons. I'd think that would crush the lumber.... No wonder the weight of
a farm tractor dont push them in all the way.
Interesting read though! Thanks
On Jan 5, 12:13 pm, The Daring Dufas <the-daring-du...@stinky-
Change the 9 in the link to any number between 1 & 12, and choose the
"roller" of your choice.
Now, follow these segues....
Growing up in NYC, we used to go the Roller Derby at Madison Square
Garden quite often.
A great Roller Derby movie to rent is "Rollerball" starring James
Caan. It was made in 1975 and set in 2018. Very violent.
If you like "futuristic movies" from the '70's try this one:
"Death Race 2000" Starring David Carradine & Sylvester Stallone (1975)
(also very violent)
Another great one from the 70's, although not so much a futuristic
plot, is the 1974 movie "Phantom of the Paradise".
I've always referred to it as a rock version of The Phantom of the
Opera, but Wikipedia takes it a few steps beyond that:
"Phantom of the Paradise is a 1974 American musical horror film
written and directed by Brian De Palma. The story is a loosely adapted
mixture of The Phantom of the Opera, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and
Faust, and also briefly references Frankenstein, Psycho, and The
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari."
How can you possibly go wrong with that combination? ;-)
I have seen both old and new versions of Death Race and they're all fun.
I remember "Rollerball" another hoot but I've been a fan of all
the futuristic SciFi movies especially the low budget cheesy ones that
make me laugh. Me and a lot of my friends love old Japanese monster
movies "Rook! Godzirra!". I've been fan of SciFi since I was a kid
reading everything I could get my hands on written by the likes of the
masters such as Arthur C. Clarke, Theodore Sturgeon, Ray Bradbury and
scores of others. It's fun to watch all the old futuristic movies and
see things that are common today like video billboards, tablet
computers, PDA's, video communications, stun guns, etc. Remember the
movie "Blade Runner"? The police cars had multiple flashing lights all
over them and what do see today? SciFi was once considered nerdy kid
stuff but now it's become mainstream with big budgets and big stars. I
suppose one could call it, revenge of the nerds. ^_^
OK, this is spooky. I turned on the TV just as I was reading your post. I
have my cable box set to default to the Science Channel when powered on.
They are running a marathon of Prophets Of Science Fiction episodes today.
It's currently 8:30 here. The 9:00 episode has the following description:
"Philip K. Dick inspired Bladerunner and influenced law enforcement."
On Fri, 04 Jan 2013 09:54:22 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
A roller press. I've only operated vertical presses, and never saw a
roller press in action.
Seems it would press the plate in starting at some slight angle, and I
wonder if there is different tooth design than for plates set with a
Looked a bit, but still don't know.
Hell, I didn't even know they were using trusses for residential
This was interesting.
On 1/3/2013 9:29 PM, email@example.com wrote:
That's why they're not approved (Code, that is) for hand installation
for trusses--it more than a hammer to be certain they're fully set in
the material uniformly. (As the other link shows, there are onsite
tools for repair/onsite assembly but they're also pretty clunky for the
average HO. The rental place here has one I noticed last time I was in
there for a magnetic-mount drill...
As another poster says, the travel is limited to not crush the material
but to make sure the plate is seated...
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