Installing trusses on masonry walls usually means anchor bolts and treated plates. However, you can eliminate the additional step of plating and provide greater wind resistance with a new line of truss connectors from USP. The HLPTA 75 Embedded Truss Anchors are grouted right into the top-course bond beam and provide more than 2,000 pounds of uplift resistance each. Achieving the full load capabilities requires placing either one #7 horizontal rebar or two #5 horizontal bars for reinforcement. The 18-gauge connectors are G90 galvanized, and their 4 7/16-inch height makes them compatible with most low-slope roof profiles. A 50-count box has a suggested price of $82. USP Structural Connectors, 800/328-5934, www.uspconnectors.com.
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