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RTC/FWH Rigid Tie® Connectors

RTC/FWH

The Rigid Tie® RTC series secures two wood members to a vertical post forming a 90° corner. The RTC42 and RTC44 are heavy-duty structural connectors. Based on loads of 40 lbs. per sq. ft., a 10'x10' deck can be built using 2x8 joists and 4 RTC42s. See the table for post and joist sizes.

RTB – a bracket for intersecting 2x members.
FWH – 4 way connectors for 2x members with bendable flanges.
RTA – connects two 2x wood members at a 90° angle.
RTF – connects two members in a "pass-through" application.
RTR and RTU – a 2x member crosses another.

Material

RTC44—14 gauge; RTA2—16 gauge; RTR and RTB—20 gauge; all others—18 gauge

Finish

Galvanized. Some products available in stainless steel or ZMAX® coating. See Corrosion Information.

Installation

  • Use all specified fasteners. See General Notes.
  • Install vertical members first, then attach horizontal members for easier alignment.
  • Seat wood member in bracket with a C-clamp before securing to aid positioning and prevent skewing.
  • Always follow manufacturer's instructions when using power tools and building equipment.

WARNING:
Industry studies show that hardened fasteners can experience performance problems in wet and corrosive environments. Accordingly, use the SD8x1.25 in dry, interior, and non-corrosive environments only.

Related Links

To learn more about the new WBSK Workbench or Shelving Unit Hardware Kit that includes RTC2Zs, fasteners and plans to build a workbench or shelving unit, visit www.diydoneright.com.

Related Literature

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.

   These models are approved for installation with the Strong-Drive® SD Connector screw. See the load values below.

  1. Allowable loads must be equally distributed on both joists.
  2. Loads are for Douglas Fir Larch.
  3. NAILS: 16d = 0.162" dia. x 3 1/2" long, 16d Sinker = 0.148" dia. x 3 1/4" long, 10dx1 1/2 = 0.148" dia. x 1 1/2" long.
    See other nail sizes and information.
  4. SCREWS: SD#9x1 1/2 = 0.131" dia. x 1 1/2" long, SD#10x1 1/2 = 0.161" dia. x 1 1/2", SD#8x1 1/4 = 0.156" dia. x 1 1/4" long..
    See Strong-Drive® SD Connector screw

Code Reports

Part IAPMO UES ER ICC-ES ESR City of Los Angeles State of Florida
FWHSee specific model numbers for code listings.
FWH2No load capacity: Products not tested or submitted because they are not load rated and code approval not required.
FWLSee specific model numbers for code listings.
FWL2No load capacity: Products not tested or submitted because they are not load rated and code approval not required.
RTASee specific model numbers for code listings.
RTA12No code listing: Please contact us for test data.
RTA2 No code listing. Please contact us for test data.
RTA2Z No code listing. Please contact us for test data.
RTA4No code listing: Please contact us for test data.
RTBSee specific model numbers for code listings.
RTB22No code listing: Please contact us for test data.
RTCSee specific model numbers for code listings.
RTC22Z ER-280 FL10865
RTC24 ER-102 ER-280 RR25962 FL10865
RTC24Z ER-102 ER-280 RR25962 FL10865
RTC2Z ER-280 FL10865
RTC42 ER-102 ER-280 RR25962 FL10865
RTC44 ER-102 ER-280 RR25962 FL10865
RTFSee specific model numbers for code listings.
RTF2 No code listing. Please contact us for test data.
RTF2ZNo code listing: Please contact us for test data.
RTRNo code listing: Please contact us for test data.
RTTSee specific model numbers for code listings.
RTT22No code listing: Please contact us for test data.
RTT22ZNo code listing: Please contact us for test data.
RTUSee specific model numbers for code listings.
RTU2No code listing: Please contact us for test data.

Drawings

Part Orthographic Perspective
FWHNone None
FWH2
FWH2
DWGDXF
FWH2 front view
DWG DXF
FWH2 top view
DWG DXF
FWH2
DWG DXF
FWLNone None
FWL2None None
RTANone None
RTA12
RTA12
DWGDXF
RTA12 front view
DWG DXF
RTA12 right view
DWG DXF
RTA12 top view
DWG DXF
RTA12
DWG DXF
RTA2
RTA2
DWGDXF
RTA2 front view
DWG DXF
RTA2 right view
DWG DXF
RTA2 top view
DWG DXF
None
RTA2ZNone None
RTA4
RTA4
DWGDXF
RTA4 front view
DWG DXF
RTA4 right view
DWG DXF
RTA4 top view
DWG DXF
None
RTBNone None
RTB22
RTB22
DWGDXF
RTB22 front view
DWG DXF
RTB22 right view
DWG DXF
RTB22 top view
DWG DXF
RTB22
DWG DXF
RTCNone None
RTC22Z
RTC22Z
DWGDXF
RTC22Z front view
DWG DXF
RTC22Z right view
DWG DXF
RTC22Z top view
DWG DXF
None
RTC24
RTC24
DWGDXF
RTC24 back view
DWGDXF
RTC24 front view
DWG DXF
RTC24 left view
DWG DXF
RTC24 right view
DWG DXF
RTC24 top view
DWG DXF
None
RTC24ZNone None
RTC2Z
RTC2Z left view
DWG DXF
RTC2Z right view
DWG DXF
RTC2Z top view
DWG DXF
RTC2Z
DWG DXF
RTC42
RTC42
DWGDXF
RTC42 back view
DWGDXF
RTC42 front view
DWG DXF
RTC42 left view
DWG DXF
RTC42 right view
DWG DXF
RTC42 top view
DWG DXF
None
RTC44None
High Wind-Resistant Construction D86: Beam to Corner Post/Column: RTC44 Installation (Square Cut)
DWG DXF
High Wind-Resistant Construction D87: Beam to Corner Post/Column: RTC44 Installation (Mitered Corner)
DWG DXF
RTC44
DWG DXF
RTFNone None
RTF2
RTF2
DWGDXF
RTF2 front view
DWG DXF
RTF2 right view
DWG DXF
RTF2 top view
DWG DXF
RTF2
DWG DXF
RTF2ZNone None
RTR
RTR
DWGDXF
RTR front view
DWG DXF
RTR right view
DWG DXF
RTR top view
DWG DXF
None
RTTNone None
RTT22
RTT22
DWGDXF
RTT22 front view
DWG DXF
RTT22 right view
DWG DXF
RTT22 top view
DWG DXF
RTT22
DWG DXF
RTT22ZNone None
RTUNone None
RTU2
RTU2
DWGDXF
RTU2 front view
DWG DXF
RTU2 right view
DWG DXF
RTU2 top view
DWG DXF
None