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Simpson Strong-Tie simplifies floor-to-floor connections

BY Ken Clark

Pleasanton, Calif.-based Simpson Strong-Tie has introduced the new SDWF structural wood screw with TUW take-up washer.

The SDWF-TUW kit is faster and easier to install than other floor-to-floor connection methods, according to the manufacturer.

The unique design of the SDWF fastener enables it to attach upper and lower walls together from the top, spanning the floor system and providing an easy-to-install connection within the continuous uplift load path of the structure. The TUW take-up washer plays a key role in the long-term performance of the SDWF when installed between the screw and the sole plate of the upper floor. As the structure settles because of shrinkage and construction loading, the threaded portion under the head of the screw ratchets up through the tabs of the TUW. The interlock between the tabs of the take-up washer and the threads under the head of the SDWF prevent the screw from sliding back under load, providing a simple yet reliable means of shrinkage compensation up to 3⁄4-in. per story. 

The code-listed SDWF comes in various lengths with all required installation hardware.

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To promote product, VT solicits ugly countertops

BY Ken Clark

Holstein, Iowa-based manufacturer of laminate countertops, VT Industries is giving contractors the opportunity to showcase their skills and craftsmanship through the “Ugly Countertop” contest.

Contractors are eligible to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Marco Island, Fla. But first, they have to show photos of how a VT Countertop transformed a countertop into a beautiful home fixture.

Contractors are asked to visit the VT Industries Facebook page and upload “before and after” photos of remodeling projects using VT Countertops. Entries will be displayed and judged by a panel of VT Industries designers.

Grand-prize winners will receive an all-inclusive three-night getaway to Marco Island Florida Marriott Beach Resort, Spa & Golf Course.

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Report: Stanley Black & Decker puts a few brands on the block

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Stanley Black & Decker, the tools giant that made a splash with a blockbuster merger two years ago, is now attempting to sell a unit of its tool empire, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.

The unit on the block includes Baldwin, Price Pfister and Kwikset brands, making builders hardware, door locks, bath fixtures and other home products. 

The brands are a legacy of Black and Decker. Stanley and Black & Decker merged in 2010 in a $4.5 billion all-stock transaction. 

The New Britain, Conn.-based tool manufacturer declined to comment on the report. 

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