Personally, I would use 4 screws on each half, 8 total per bracket. Check with your local permit office to see what they would require for an inspection.
The HTP is not designed for truss applications. The metal connector truss plates we offer are sold only to licensed Component Manufacturers in conjunction with the Simpson Strong-Tie Component Solutions™ software suite. Thank you!
You should check Strong Ties website.
I think I just used 1/4" carriage bolts. If the holes are a mite small, the carriage bolts will spread them a tad
The HTP37Z is installed with the SD9112 structural connector screws; these screws do not require predrilling. Thank you!
We can point you to the allowable load tables for the HTP37Z Tie Plate (https://www.strongtie.com/straightstraps_strapsandties/htp_plate/p/htp), but it would be up to the Designer/Engineer of Record to determine how many ties are needed and at what spacing to resist the demand loads for the specific application. Thank you!
Yes you want to use all holes, that’s what give it’s strength.
Not by itself. Somewhat lengthwise but there will be no strength or support from the top/bottom or sides. Hopefully you're using other means of support. If possible, I'd double the thickness by sandwiching four (4) 2x4s together of different lengths. a 2x4x8' and a 2x4x6' to the same, but opposite. Glue and screw them together to make a 'laminated' beam. Then you won't have a 'joint' per se.
I used #9 1/12 as screws and they worked great.
no not that i know.