One of the most common questions that both builders and homeowners have when it comes to incorporating decorative or structural iron beam straps with timbers has something to do with the ways on how to choose the right wood connector iron faceplate size for exposed beams. If you are going to have a new construction project, take note that you will need the service of an engineer or even an architect since they are the ones capable of specifying all the requirements needed for your application, which may include width, minimum thickness and also, size for the iron faceplates. In addition to that, there goes the fact as well that architects and engineers have the ability of specifying the length and the diameter of the fasteners (which can be lags or bolts) that are used in attaching the wood construction tie, determining the structural value of the post beam connection itself. You may not know it but lags and bolts are different from each other in terms of structural value in such a way that lags only has a pull out value that enables it to be rated as a grade five in structural integrity wherein bolts can be graded as eight since it can be bolted through the beam with the use of a nut n the other side.
Now, if you are going to choose the right size for a wood connector iron faceplate that you will be adding to your existing beam structural as you want an additional support, there are quite a number of things that you have to consider like keeping in mind all the time about how you are simulating a structural beam support. With this, the best possible thing that you can do is to choose a size that is larger enough so that your structural beam support will appear that it really has a structural value. If you want to know how you can get the right size for your wood connector iron faceplate, we suggest that you cut a template out of a paper and then tack it, or tape it or staple it to your beam. We also suggest that you begin with a two inches wide and eight inches long or tall template.
There are other ways on how you can get the best size for your wood connector iron faceplate like using a black poster board or you can opt to paint the template you have with black as this way, you can visualize it much better, and you must not worry about its design since what matters most is the basic size.