What is a Continuous Load Path?

Did you know that the average life expectancy of a wood deck is between 10 and 15 years? Modern design and construction practices use structural connectors to form a continuous load path. This construction method uses connectors and structural screws to create solid connections reinforcing a structure against wind, seismic, and other load forces all the way from the roof down to the foundation. 

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AIMing Higher in Marketing: Celebrating Innovation and Impact at Simpson Strong-Tie

In 2023, the Simpson Strong-Tie Marketing Department introduced its inaugural Award for Impact in Marketing (AIM). This recognition recognizes team members’ exceptional creativity, innovation, and commitment to delivering outstanding results.  

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From NHERI TallWood to Converging Design: Building Towards Resilient Structures

Simpson Strong-Tie is participating in NHERI Converging Design, the third phase of testing a six-story mass timber building on the NHERI UCSD shake table. This project follows up on the testing of a ten-story mass timber building with the NHERI TallWood project. Our Yield-Link® moment connection and Yield-Link brace connection underwent testing as potential alternatives to post-tensioned rocking wall systems, aiming to decrease the potential for residual drift. Learn more about this project and our live testing event. 

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New Year, New Projects

Discover the versatility of our Simpson Strong-Tie products as they find application in a diverse range of projects, spanning from DIY endeavors to professional-level creations. Whether you’re exploring the simplicity of a Plinko game or the intricacies of a sophisticated golf course, our products offer endless possibilities. Take inspiration from this varied assortment and unleash your creativity by showcasing how you uniquely incorporate our products into your own projects. Let the innovation begin! 

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From Maui to the World: How We Gave Back in 2023

Annually, Simpson Strong-Tie observes “Do What You Can Day,” a day dedicated to employee participation in activities benefiting nonprofit organizations. This tradition is embodied in our eighth company value: Give Back. In 2023, branches nationwide joined forces to assemble disaster relief packages for survivors of the devastating Maui wildfires and initiated various endeavors to support their respective local communities. Discover the meaningful contributions made by our branches and the positive outcomes they achieved.

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DIY Projects for Furnishing Your Apartment or College Dorm Room

Furnishing a new place can get expensive. Whether it’s your first year in college or you just moved into an empty apartment, we have a variety of DIY plans that can help you furnish your place on a budget.  

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DIY Mini Whiteboard for Back to School

This free project plan offers easy, step-by-step instructions for building your very own mini whiteboard. It’s a great project to do along with your students for the back-to-school season. 

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DIY a Hammock Stand That Doubles As an Outdoor Movie Screen

Make the most of your backyard during the day and at night with this transformative pergola. Simpson Strong-Tie had the opportunity to work with DIYer Jen Woodhouse of The House of Wood on building a transformative outdoor structure for her backyard. Learn how she built this multipurpose pergola with the help of our Outdoor Accents® decorative hardware. 

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E-Z DIY Projects: Sprucing Up Your Home Has Never Been E-Z-er

Looking for an easy DIY project to knock out this summer? We’ve got some great ideas that can help you spruce up your home — from a little library or a birdhouse to a sturdy hose reel. One thing all these projects have in common is the fact that they use our E-Z products — the E-Z Spike™, E-Z Mender™, and E-Z Base™. These products were designed to help make it quick and easy for anyone to install or repair wood posts. You can also read more about each of these products and how to install them with our EZ flyer. Learn more below about how our E-Z products can help you build these any number of cool, simple DIY projects. 

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Unique DIY Builds with Simpson Strong-Tie Outdoor Accents® Hardware

Discover the endless possibilities of incorporating Outdoor Accents decorative hardware into your next DIY project! Our connectors and fasteners are commonly used in construction, but did you know they can also be used to create unique outdoor DIY projects? From a space saving planter to a breathtaking wedding arch, our Outdoor Accent products are perfect for adding both elegance and structural strength to any outdoor living structure. 

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