Framing Fixer. The next time the plumber goes berserk with a Sawzall, it might not take so long to repair the damage. CTS218 Compression and Tension Straps are designed to reinforce compromised plates, studs, and even trusses. According to Simpson, the 14-gauge straps can resist both compression and tension (though several may be needed), and they can span gaps up to 4 1/2 inches wide while still fitting on the narrow face of 2-by lumber. Each 18-inch-by-1 1/2-inch strap costs about $4. Simpson Strong-Tie Co., 800/999-5099, strongtie.com.
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