As a builder, I used Simpson hardware from the very beginning of my carrier–1971. Actually even before with the builder I used to work for. That is quite a while, and the company has been around a lot longer than that—since the mid 1950’s.
This new light-weight bracket is unique in that there is absolutely no transportation costs associated with them. The heavier Simpson metal brackets have great transportation costs by contrast.
These new brackets require no nails, screws or bolts—thus saving considerable labor typical of installation of most metal brackets.
The brackets also have no sharp edges to cause injuries to installers like their metal counterparts.
These brackets, one could say, literally “love” wood—-and are not damaged in any way by contact with wood.
They are also quite attractive and some would even argue—“green,” although the ones I have seen are mostly a tan color.
I think that time will likely tell whether these brackets are the “real thing” or just another wannabe out there attempting to market a dream.
Inventing a better mouse trap should at least be related to the critters being trapped.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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