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Simpson Strong-Tie releases a bracing selector web app

BY HBSDealer Staff

Simpson Strong-Tie has released the Strong-Wall Bracing Selector web app, which is designed to suggest pre-engineered Strong-Wall shearwall solutions to meet job requirements.

The app automatically identifies shearwall alternatives to code-prescribed braced wall panels, selecting from among Strong-Wall designs that offer code compliance in a narrow format.

It can also be used together with the Simpson Strong-Tie Wall-Bracing-Length Calculator web app, which calculates the required length of wall bracing according to the 2009 or 2012 IRC.

“This app automates our 84-page design guide," said Simpson Strong-Tie VP and general manager Sam Hensen. "With a few easy steps, a designer can select a solution to meet the exact amount of bracing that is required. This new tool makes it easier to specify equivalent solutions and also provides builders with all the information they need to submit to building departments for permit approvals.”

The new web app replaces the Strong-Wall Shearwalls Prescriptive Design Guide.

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Johnson Hardware adds bronze color option

BY HBSDealer Staff

Johnson Hardware has added to its popular Series 2610 Wall-Mount Hardware line with the addition of a new Bronze color option.

The expanded line is now compatible with a broader range of design profiles and decorating styles.

The Series 2610FB hardware, which has an "outside-mount" track that can support one or two doors along a sliding mechanism, is also available in aluminum.

Series 2610FB can save up to 14 sq. ft. of living space normally taken up by traditional doors that swing open and closed.

The top-hung system is easy to install and can serve as a user-friendly alternative in spaces where installing pocket doors is not possible. The heavy-duty ball bearing "tricycle" hangers distribute the weight equally and allow for smooth, seamless operation.

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New wrinkle for Angie’s List: loans

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Indianapolis-based Angie's List will soon offer small business loans.

The website that provides a local services marketplace and consumer reviews announced plans to team with On Deck Capital to offer financing to its service providers.

As part of this agreement, service providers on Angie’s List will have access to OnDeck’s loans for up to $250,000. Qualifying service providers can use their loans to invest in their business’ growth, manage cash flow or finance their Angie’s List subscriptions.

"We are focused on providing convenience and value to service providers as they grow their businesses and we are excited to work with OnDeck to help make that happen,” said Tom Fox, Angie’s List chief financial officer. “As a result of this relationship, service providers will have access to a leading small business lender and seamless customer service experience.”

Service providers on Angie’s List who apply to OnDeck will have access to business term loans up to $250,000 and business lines of credit up to $20,000, and can start applying for OnDeck financing today. Interested parties should contact their Angie’s List advertising account manager.

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