Make sure the hip bone’s connected to the ridge bone with Simpson Strong-Tie’s HHRC heavy hip-ridge connectors (HRC), now available in new sizes. The new 12-gauge HHRC can be sloped downward to a maximum of 35 degrees for hips that accommodate a 45-degree roof slope. An open-back ridge connection allows elevation adjustment, and a field-adjustable hip slope makes installation easier. Both the new and existing hip-ridge connectors can be used with structure composite lumber, glulam, and solid-sawn lumber. When installed with the maker’s Strong-Drive SD10 connector screws (provided), heavy HHRCs provide higher allowable loads than HRCs installed with nails. Pricing ranges from $110 to $130 for these heavy-duty connectors.