GP-Series™ UNPunched Gusset Plate
Unpunched Gusset Plates are used in conjunction with X-bracing in load-bearing shear wall assemblies to resist racking under wind and seismic loads.
Gusset Plates and diagonal tension strapping components are used in combination to provide shear wall (racking restraint) for light-gauge load-bearing framing under wind and seismic loads. They are normally installed on both sides of the wall directly over the framing members and are easily covered with facing materials.
- Provides racking restraint
- Used in shear wall assemblies
- Resist uplift and shear forces
CAUTION: Racking loads are first transferred to the roof or floor decking and then to the shear walls (X-bracing or Flat Strapping). The X-bracing then relies on a proper anchorage to the foundation to resist uplift and shear forces. In order for the system to function properly, the load path from the roof or floor deck to the shear walls to the foundation must be complete. This normally requires additional bracing, blocking, track and rim splices, drag struts, uplift anchors and heavy-duty foundations.