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A: Hello Charlie, this is McKenzie with Simpson Strong-Tie. The RTC42 is sized for a nominal 4x4 post (3.5") and nominal 2x joists or beams (1.5"). The link in your ask, is the RTC2Z sized for nominal 2x4 post and 2x joists.
A: The RTC2Z requires a 2x4 post. Thank you!
A: No, these really need 2x4's to be able to function correctly
A: Some Rigid Tie connectors are load rated and some are not. Copy and paste the following link in to your web browser for a catalogue page with information on the connectors. Hope this helps. https://embed.widencdn.net/pdf/plus/ssttoolbox/bpm6gjqjni/C-C-CAN2020-p325.pdf
A: If you use 5/8" plywood for shelving there shouldn't be a problem unless you are storing massive lead lined objects. This is a stout set up. Although the directions don't say it, you can place a reinforcing 2x4 under the middle of the shelves.
A: Yes, they are galvanized sheet metal. I would do a self etching primer first before finished paint
A: I recently used a primer on the metal beforeI painted with a latex paint. I will know as time goes on how durable it is.