Well, it could, I guess, but it's designed to go on a horizontal board. Typically a double plate. I used it to secure my rafters to my walls. In retrospect, I'd just use some hurricane ties. Do the same job simpler.
The VPA typically would not be used on the exterior rafters. Please feel free to contact our Engineering Support Department for options - 800/999-5099. Thank you!
These are easily adjustable to any pitch between 3:12 and 12:12 by using the rafter being installed and a hammer to bend the skew-able flange to the angle of your roof pitch. Installation instructions with pictures available at Simpson's website. Used many times. Easy and time saving.
The VPA2 is sized for a nominal 2x (1 1/2" actual). The VPA25 is sized for a 1 3/4" member. (Not sold online; please visit your local The Home Depot store to inquire about special orders.) Thank you!
We do not have a VPA style connector for less than a 3/12 pitch. Thank you!
If I was using these for flooring, I'd recommend joist nails. As it is, I used these for my roof (of my shed), so I just used screws.
No. Designed for a 2x4, or a 4x4 in a pinch.
Yes, both on the sloped member as well as on the plate to which they are attached. However, in general I found them extremely difficult if not virtually impossible to change to accommodate the desired angle. Too rigid.