FastenMaster has a new metal connector, the LTS, that should make it easier to meet the prescriptive lateral load provision in the IRC. A unique feature of the LTS system is that the long tension transfer screw can be installed first, and the bracket added later. A kit (good for one deck) consists of four LTS brackets, 32 bracket-mounting screws, four tension-transfer screws with 3 inches of thread, and a pair of bits; it costs about $38.

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