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PCZ/EPCZ Post Caps


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PCZ/EPCZ post caps are designed with their post and beam flanges in-line so that one PCZ/EPCZ model can accommodate several post sizes. The PCZ/EPCZ uses 0.148" x 3" nails. An alternate choice of fastener is the #9 x 1 1/2" Strong-Drive® SD Connector screw. ZMAX® finish is standard to meet exposure conditions in many environments.


  • 16 gauge


  • ZMAX coating; see Corrosion Information


  • Use all specified fasteners; see General Notes
  • Do not install bolts into pilot holes


  • For end conditions, specify EPCZ post caps
  • For heavy-duty applications, see CCQ and CC series
  • For retrofit applications, see AC and LCE series

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Load Tables

    These products are available with additional corrosion protection. Additional products on this page may also be available with this option, check with Simpson Strong-Tie for details.

    Many of these products are approved for installation with Strong-Drive® SD Connector screws.

PCZ/EPCZ Load Table
  1. Allowable loads have been increased for wind or earthquake loading with no further increase allowed. Reduce where other loads govern.
  2. Uplift loads do not apply to spliced conditions. Spliced conditions must be detailed by the Designer to transfer tension loads between spliced members by means other than the post cap.
  3. Structural composite lumber columns have sides that show either the wide face or the edges of the lumber strands/veneers known as the narrow face. Values in the tables reflect installation into the wide face. See technical bulletin T-C-SCLCLM for load reductions resulting from narrow-face installations.
  4. Post and beam may consist of multiple members provided they are connected independently of the post cap fasteners.
  5. 0.148" x 2 1/2" nails may be used with no load reduction for uplift and 0.85 of the table loads for lateral.
  6. #9 x 1 1/2" Strong-Drive® SD Connector screws may be substituted for table fasteners with no load reduction.
  7. To order models available for rough size lumber, specify RZ suffix — e.g., PC4RZ.
  8. Fasteners: Nail dimensions in the table are diameter by length. For additional information, see Fastener Types and Sizes Specified for Simpson Strong-Tie Connectors.

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