MiTek's New Joist Hanger Eliminates Nailing
Originally published by the following source: MiTek Builder Products — January 29, 2015
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MiTek Builder Products, a division of MiTek Industries, a Berkshire Hathaway company, today announced the release of a game-changing joist hanger. The new THFI hanger is a “face-mount hanger” designed to attach I-joists to wood headers, and it can accomplish the task while requiring no joist nails.
Entirely unique to other hanger options, the THFI face-mount design combines the installation ease of a “top-mount” hanger with the installation flexibility of a “face-mount” hanger. The THFI hanger features strategically placed Seat Cleats that lock the bottom flange of the I-joist to the hanger, eliminating the need for joist nails.
The THFI’s side flanges extend to the top chord of the I-joist, so web stiffeners are not required, saving material costs. What’s more, alignment tabs simplify the proper vertical alignment of the THFI, which has cleats to hold the hanger in place. (If the alignment tabs are not needed or are in the way of larger joists, the tabs can be easily bent out of the way at no loss of strength to the THFI. “Speed prongs” allow temporary placement if alignment tabs cannot be used.)
News of the new THFI comes on the heels of the launch of MiTek’s new MiTek Builder Products division, which integrates a number of MiTek businesses, building products, and brands, including USP Structural Connectors, the Z4 Tie-Down System, and the Hardy Frame Shear Wall System, as well as specifying and collaboration software tools such as SAPPHIRE Supply and SAPPHIRE Viewer.
“Our USP brand has quickly become a national leader in innovative hanger design, and the THFI is just the latest in a long line products that will save contractors time and money,” said Tom Manenti, Chairman and CEO of MiTek. ”The fact that we also offer software tools for specifying and collaboration only makes the USP product line more valuable.”