Trufast. Installation of structural insulated panels and nail bases often requires job-specific fasteners such as Trufast panel fasteners. Designed specifically for application in wood, steel members, and corrugated steel substrates, the product line includes the new SIPTP fastener, which features a tapered thread point for quick penetration and a full, steady draw-down. SIPTP is ideal for attaching SIPs to wood framing and roof trusses. 800.443.9602. www.trufast.com.
USP Structural Connectors. Engineered to resist the corrosive properties of chemicals in pressure-treated wood, Gold Coat is an organic polymer coating applied to the maker's connection products. Rather than adding galvanization, the Gold Coat layer prevents the electrochemical reaction between copper and zinc that causes corrosion in steel fasteners. 800.328.5934. www.uspconnectors.com.
Hitachi. Two premium 7¼-inch framing blades are part of the VPR product series. A proprietary hollow-ground tooth design allows each tooth on the blade to act as a scoop. The design helps extend blade life, and lets the blade move faster and smoother with less effort from the tool. Blade model 725213 (shown) features an alternating tooth bevel design for a fast, clean cut, while model 725215 has a U-shaped tooth design, creating a total of 48 cutting points to reduce vibration. 800.829.4752. www.hitachipowertools.com.
Simpson Strong-Tie. Designed at the request of engineers and builders, the FWAZ Foundation Wall Angle connects the foundation walls to the floor system to resist lateral loads due to soil pressure. This connection is called out in both the International Building Code and International Residential Code. The unique design allows greater spacing between connections and installs quickly with the maker's Titen HD heavy duty screw anchor, included. 800.999.5099. www.strongtie.com.