The days are waning when a crew setting roof trusses sent a young, agile member skyward to walk the plate and toe-nail them on the layout. Plated trusses, wood-web I-beams, and other manufactured structural members have become sophisticated components capable of generating tremendous forces at bearing points and demanding creative solutions where they intersect. All of this puts a real emphasis on the connecting hardware - and your familiarity with the new generation of hangers and anchors designed for these members. Why Not Just Toenail 'Em? Builders have worked with trusses for years without metal hardware, so why the emphasis on connectors now? Especially with roof systems, where computers are making truss design more and more complex, metal hardware provides an inherently