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A: Hello Ryan, Simpson Strong-Tie does not test any of our products below grade, so there is no way for us to give any sort of life expectancy if it is buried. Kind Regards, McKenzie
A: I would think it would be fine to use it the way you describe.
A: Yes, the process of galvanization of steel provides a coating of zinc (more resistant to corrosive environments than the steel alone, and acts as a protective layer to the underlying steel. It has a life of from 20 to 50 years, depending on the environment, so a buried galvanized tie should last a goodly amount of time.
A: Great plates for above ground, but personally I would never go below grade with it.
A: Yes, it can bend fairly easily
A: TP plates are made of 20 gauge steel, which is 1 mm thick, and should be pliable for on-site adjustments.
A: Yup. It is sheet metal with holes in it. If you have a bench vice, you can make straight bends.
A: TP plates are not load-rated parts so I would not rely on this solution if there is a concern about structural performance of the post. TP is a utility connector plate that should only be used for non-structural applications. I would suggest having the post inspected by a qualified professional to determine an appropriate solution.
A: This is a non-structural plate. The post would need to be replaced.
A: Use a HTP which is thicker gauge (16 ga.) and made to tension loads up to a certain point. Check the Simpson Strong-Tie specs for exact figures. It will do the job whereas the TP series is more of a non-structural mending plate type of connector. Using the proper type & number of fasteners is important too.
A: To be honest i haven't actually tried it on load bearing posts. However it has worked to help reinforce splitting wood pieces for other projects. I have used it to combine pieces together.
A: No they cannot
A: You can, but a HTP would be better. Also, unless you have engineering/architectural design qualifications, and especially where a govt. agency inspection is required, I would strongly not recommend doing so. JMHO. :)
A: The TP Tie Plates are not load rated and are not for use to build trusses. We do not sell plates for field built roof trusses. Thank you!