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Old 05-02-2012, 09:58 AM   #1
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http://www.buildeazy.com/greenhouse5-6.html

Here they talk about metal straps to support the rafters on one side (the other side uses blocking). The folks at Lowes don't know what I'm talking about and the only thing I could find was that strapping that comes in a roll. Surely that can't be it?

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the strap is there for diagonal bracing. Look up Lumber Yards or Hardware stores in the yellow pages. You want one that contractors use not a big box.

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http://strongtie.com/products/connec...S-HST-LSTA.asp

If they had them they would be in the same area as the joist hangers.
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Joe,
Thanks for the tip - just got back from Lowes - the longest Simpson brace was 2'.

Mae,
Thanks for replying - there's one up the road - I'll see what they have.

What would be the proper name for this stuff? "Rigid metal strap bracing"?
Would blocking (with one set of 2x4 blocks) be a good substitute? I think the original design calls for bracing as it would let in more light.

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sounds like you are talking about hurricane ties, also called hurricane clips. a metal connector that attaches the rafter to the wall. is this what you are trying to describe?

http://www.strongtie.com/products/connectors/H.asp
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This may be what you are looking for - Diagonal Metal Bracing.
http://www.strongtie.com/products/co...C-TWB-RCWB.asp
Lengths ranging from 9'-6" through 14'-2"

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Good link. 3 types I have seen. a long metal strap that comes in a roll. A T shape that gets put into a saw cut, and L shape that gets put in a saw cut.
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The strapping on the roll you found at Lowe's would be fine in my opinion.

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IN my experience the strapping with the holes is not what is accepted. At least where I have worked.
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Mae-ling,

OK, what if that strapping was continued over the roof and down the corner studs a foot or so and secured.

Each pair of rafters is joined with a plywood gusset and a short 2x4. At the top of this fabricated truss there is a 2x4 running the length of the roof. So it's not like the metal bracing is all that will stop the roof from collasping.

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The metal strap is for diagonal bracing, we used to notch a 1.4 in to do this, then there was plywood. With no plywood there is nothing to stop it from collapsing. Some green houses use 3' or 4' plywood on the bottom to do this. Although there is the diagonal 2x4 in your plan for this.
Your roof would benefit from some bracing. I'd find the kind in Dogris' link. I think the kind with the holes may be to weak and buckle easily.
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IN my experience the strapping with the holes is not what is accepted. At least where I have worked.

Well it is just a 2x2 plastic covered green house after all, not a 'to code' out building.

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