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Strong-Drive® SDWC TRUSS Screw 

Strong-Drive® SDWC TRUSS Screw

The Strong-Drive SDWC Truss screw provides a stud-to-bottom plate or stud-to-top plate connection as well as fastening trusses and rafters to top plates. The full-threaded shank engages the entire length of the fastener, providing a secure connection. The SDWC is tested in accordance with ICC-ES AC233 (screw) and AC13 (wall assembly and roof-to-wall assembly) for uplift and lateral loads between wall plates and vertical wall framing and between the top plate and the roof rafters or trusses. It is code listed under IAPMO-UES ER-262 and meets 2012 and 2015 IRC® and IBC® code requirements for several common wood framing applications.

Key Features

  • Fully threaded shank engages the entire length of the fastener, providing a secure connection between the roof and wall framing members
  • Cap-style head countersinks fully into the double top plate to avoid interference with drywall or finish trades
  • Wide tolerance on installation angle makes it easy to install the SDWC correctly
  • Can be installed from inside the structure, eliminating exterior work on the upper stories and enhancing job safety
  • Fastening can be performed before or after exterior sheathing is applied for added flexibility
  • Metal installation guide tool (included) to help ensure proper installation
  • Matched-tolerance driver bit (included) engages fastener head securely to allow one-handed driving (replacement bit part no. BIT30T-2-RC3)
  • Orange color for easy inspection
  • Type-17 point for faster starts and easier driving
  • SDWC15450 is recognized for use in chemically treated wood as described in the evaluation report

Applications

  • Truss/rafter-to-plate and stud-to-plate connections

Product Includes

SDWC15450-KT and SDWC15600-KT contain:

  • (50) Strong-Drive SDWC screws
  • (1) Matched-tolerance driver bit (part no. BIT30T-2-RC3; also sold separately)
  • (1) Metal installation guide tool
    • SDWC-GUIDE (for SDWC15600 only; also old separately)
      or
    • SDWC-GUIDE275 (for SDWC15450 only; also sold separately)

SDWC15450B-KT and SDWC15600B-KT contain:

  • (500) Strong-Drive SDWC screws
  • (2) Matched-tolerance driver bits (part no. BIT30T-2-RC3; also sold separately)
  • (2) Metal installation guide tools
    • SDWC-GUIDE (for SDWC15600 only; also sold separately)
      or
    • SDWC-GUIDE275 (for SDWC15450 only; also sold separately)

Related Literature

Product Information Table

Model No. Length (in.) Drive Type Head Type Thread Length Shank Diameter (in.) Point Type Coating/Material Color Packaging Quantity UPC
SDWC15450B-KT 4 1/2 T-30 6-Lobe Cap Head 4 1/4 0.152 Type-17 Point E-Coat™ Electrocoating Black 500 707392902102
SDWC15450-KT 4 1/2 T-30 6-Lobe Cap Head 4 1/4 0.152 Type-17 Point E-Coat™ Electrocoating Black 50 746056235507
SDWC15600B-KT 6 T-30 6-Lobe Cap Head 5 3/4 0.152 Type-17 Point Clear-Zinc Coating Orange 500 707392888307
SDWC15600-KT 6 T-30 6-Lobe Cap Head 5 3/4 0.152 Type-17 Point Clear-Zinc Coating Orange 50 746056548027

Load Tables

SDWC – Allowable Shear Loads – DF, SP, SPF

  1. Allowable loads are shown at the wood load duration factor of CD = 1.0. Loads may be increased for load duration up to a CD = 1.6.
  2. Tabulated values must be multiplied by all applicable adjustment factors per the NDS.
  3. The main and side members shall be sawn lumber or structural composite lumber with a specific gravity or equivalent specific gravity 0.42 to 0.55.
  4. Zpara — Parallel to grain loading in the side member and perpendicular to grain loading in the main member.
  5. Zperp — Perpendicular to grain loading in the side member and perpendicular to grain loading in the main member, except for 2x (edge) where main member is loaded parallel to grain.
  6. The connection conditions of this table are for specific intended applications. Reference lateral design values for all other shear connections are calculated following the NDS.

SDWC – Allowable Withdrawal and Pull-Through Loads – DF, SP, SPF

  1. Allowable loads are shown at the wood load duration factor of CD = 1.0. Loads may be increased for load duration up to a CD = 1.6.
  2. Tabulated values must be multiplied by all applicable adjustment factors per the NDS.
  3. The reference withdrawal and pull-through values are in pounds per inch of the thread penetration into the main member and a minimum 1 1/2" thick side member, respectively.

SDWC – Allowable Roof-to-Wall Connection Loads – DF, SP, SPF, HF

  1. Loads have been increased for wind and earthquake (CD=1.6); no further increases allowed. Reduce when other loads govern.
  2. Allowable loads are for an SDWC installed per the 'Recommended' or 'Optional' installation instructions. The SDWC is to be installed through a double 2x top plate into a minimum 2x4 truss or rafter.
  3. An SDWC screw may be used in each ply of 2- or 3-ply rafters or trusses. The allowable uplift load for each screw shall be multiplied by 0.90, but may be limited by the capacity of the plate or the connection between the top plate to the framing below. SDWC screws in multi-ply assemblies must be spaced a minimum of 1 1/2" o.c.
  4. Screws are shown installed on the interior side of the wall. Installations on the exterior side of the wall are acceptable when the rafter or truss overhangs the top plates a minimum of 3 1/2".
  5. For Uplift Connection Load Path, the designer shall verify complete continuity of the uplift load path.
  6. When a screw is loaded simultaneously in more than one direction, the allowable load must be evaluated using the unity equation: (Design Uplift ÷ Allowable Uplift) + (Design F1 ÷ Allowable F1) + (Design F2 ÷ Allowable F2) ≤ 1.0. The three terms in the unity equation represent the possible generated force directions. The number of terms that must be considered for simultaneous loading is the sole discretion of the Designer and depends on the method of calculating wind forces and the utilization of the screws within the structural system.
  7. Table loads do not apply to trusses with end-grain bearing.
  8. Top plate, stud and top plate splice fastened per applicable Building Code.
Typical Strong-Drive® SDWC Installation – Truss Aligned with Stud (Offset truss similar)
SDWC Truss/Rafter-to-Top Plate Connections Utilizing Two-Screw Configurations

Allowable loads for the SDWC Truss screws when installed from the underside of the top plate and from the face of the truss/rafter using a two-screw configuration per the detail configuration shown.

SDWC – Allowable Loads for Truss/Rafter-to-Top Plate Two-Screw Connections

  1. Loads have been increased for wind and earthquake (CD=1.6); no further increases allowed. Reduce when other loads govern.
  2. For Uplift Connection Load Path, the designer shall verify complete continuity of the uplift load path.
  3. When cross-grain tension cannot be avoided, supplemental reinforcement shall be considered by the Designer.
  4. The SDWC screws shall not interfere with other fasteners or truss plates. Where truss plates must be penetrated for Configuration D, a Truss Designer approval is required in accordance with ANSI/TPI 1-2007 /2014, Section 7.5.3.4 and 8.9.2. To pre-drill through truss plate, use a 1/8" drill bit.
  5. The metal installation guide provided with the screw is angled at 22.5° and can be used for Configurations C and D; proper installation angles for all configurations are the responsibility of the installer.
  6. SDWC screws must be offset min. 1/4" from top plate splices for full values.
  7. Loads assume minimum overhang of 3 1/2"
  8. When a screw is loaded simultaneously in more than one direction, the allowable load must be evaluated using the unity equation: (Design Uplift ÷ Allowable Uplift) + (Design F1 ÷ Allowable F1) + (Design F2 ÷ Allowable F2) ≤ 1.0. The three terms in the unity equation represent the possible generated force directions. The number of terms that must be considered for simultaneous loading is the sole discretion of the Designer and depends on the method of calculating wind forces and the utilization of the screws within the structural system.
  9. An SDWC screw may be used in each ply of 2- or 3-ply rafters or trusses. The allowable uplift load for each screw shall be multiplied by 0.90, but may be limited by the capacity of the plate or the connection between the top plate to the framing below. SDWC screws in multi-ply assemblies must be spaced a minimum of 1 1/2" o.c.
Configuration A:
Truss Aligned with Stud
Install through Top Plate into Truss/Rafter

Both screws installed at a 4°-14° angle, offset 3/4"-1 1/4" from opposite edges of the top plate.

SDWC – Allowable Stud-to-Plate Connection Loads – DF, SP, SPF, HF

  1. Loads have been increased for wind and earthquake (CD=1.6); no further increases allowed. Reduce when other loads govern.
  2. Allowable loads are for SDWC installed per the installation instructions.
  3. The SDWC15450 is to be installed through the face of 2x stud into a single 2x bottom plate over a concrete/masonry foundation.
  4. The SDWC15600 is to be installed through the face of 2x stud into a single 2 x bottom plate over a wood floor system.
  5. The SDWC15600 is to be installed through the face of 2x stud into a double 2x top or bottom plate.
  6. Double-top plates shall be fastened together as required by applicable code.
  7. When a screw is loaded simultaneously in more than one direction, the allowable load must be evaluated using the unity equation: (Design Uplift ÷ Allowable Uplift) + (Design F1 ÷ Allowable F1) + (Design F2 ÷ Allowable F2) ≤ 1.0. The three terms in the unity equation represent the possible generated force directions. The number of terms that must be considered for simultaneous loading is the sole discretion of the Designer and depends on the method of calculating wind forces and the utilization of the screws within the structural system.
Stud-to-Top Plate Connection (This application requires SDWC15600)

Strong-Drive® SDWC TRUSS Screw for Narrow Face of Stud-to-Plate Connections

The Strong-Drive SDWC Truss screw provides an easy-to-install, high-capacity solution for stud-to-bottom plate or stud-to-top plate(s) connections. This table provides additional allowable load information for the SDWC screws when installed through the narrow face of the stud. The allowable loads are for SDWC screws installed per the details shown installed per the details shown.

SDWC – Allowable Loads for Narrow Face of Stud-to-Plate Connections

  1. Loads have been increased for wind and earthquake (CD=1.6); no further increases allowed. Reduce when other loads govern.
  2. The SDWC15600 is to be installed through the narrow face of 2x stud into a single 2x bottom plate over a wood floor system.
  3. The SDWC15450 is to be installed through the narrow face of 2x stud into a single 2x bottom plate over a concrete/masonry foundation.
  4. Double-top plates shall be fastened together as required by applicable Code.
  5. When a screw is loaded simultaneously in more than one direction, the allowable load must be evaluated using the unity equation: (Design Uplift ÷ Allowable Uplift) + (Design F1 ÷ Allowable F1) + (Design F2 ÷ Allowable F2) ≤ 1.0. The three terms in the unity equation represent the possible generated force directions. The number of terms that must be considered for simultaneous loading is the sole discretion of the Designer and depends on the method of calculating wind forces and the utilization of the screws within the structural system.
  6. One SDWC screw per stud maximum when installed in the narrow face of the stud. Where the SDWC screws are installed on multiple adjacent studs, the minimum spacing between screws must be 1 1/2". The allowable uplift load for each screw shall be multiplied by 0.90, but may be limited by the capacity of the plate.
  7. For Uplift Continuous Load Path, connections in the same area (i.e. truss to plate connector and plate to stud connector) must be on the same side of the wall.
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SDWC – Allowable Shear Loads for Sole-to-Rim Connections

  1. Allowable loads are based on testing per ICC-ES AC233 and are limited to parallel-to-grain loading.
  2. Allowable loads are shown at the wood load duration factor of CD = 1.00. Loads may be increased for load duration by the building code up to a CD = 1.60.
  3. Minimum spacing of the SDWC is 6" o.c., minimum end distance is 6", and minimum edge distance is 5/8".
  4. Wood structural panel up to 1 1/8" thick is permitted between the sole plate and rim board provided it is fastened to the rim board per code and the minimum penetration of the screw into the rim board is met.
  5. A double 2x sole plate is permitted provided it is independently fastened per the code and the minimum screw penetration per the table is met.

See additional Load Tables, Technical Data and Installation Instructions for the Strong-Drive® SDWC Truss screw

Drawings

Part Orthographic Perspective
SDWC
Wind Uplift Restraining Strong-Drive Screw Fastening Systems
DWGDXF
High Wind-Resistant Construction D134: Load Path Installation Considerations: Building Floor-to-Floor Straps
DWG DXF
High Wind-Resistant Construction D46: Stud to Stud
DWG DXF
SDWC15450
Wind Uplift Restraining Strong-Drive Screw Fastening Systems
DWGDXF
SDWC15450 bottom view
DWG DXF
SDWC15450 front view
DWG DXF
SDWC15450 left view
DWG DXF
SDWC15450 right view
DWG DXF
SDWC15450 top view
DWG DXF
High Wind-Resistant Construction D145: Stud to Plate (Wide Face): Stud-to-Plate Connections
DWG DXF
High Wind-Resistant Construction D148: Stud to Plate (Narrow Face): Installation 3
DWG DXF
High Wind-Resistant Construction D52: Stud to Sill Plate
DWG DXF
SDWC15450
DWG DXF
SDWC15600
Wind Uplift Restraining Strong-Drive Screw Fastening Systems
DWGDXF
SDWC15600 bottom view
DWG DXF
SDWC15600 front view
DWG DXF
SDWC15600 left view
DWG DXF
SDWC15600 right view
DWG DXF
SDWC15600 top view
DWG DXF
High Wind-Resistant Construction D1: Truss/Rafter to Wood Double Top Plates
DWG DXF
High Wind-Resistant Construction D139: Roof to Wall: Typical Roof-to-Wall Connection
DWG DXF
High Wind-Resistant Construction D140: Roof to Wall: Optional Roof-to-Wall Connection
DWG DXF
High Wind-Resistant Construction D141: Roof to Wall: Configuration A
DWG DXF
High Wind-Resistant Construction D142: Roof to Wall: Configuration B
DWG DXF
High Wind-Resistant Construction D143: Roof to Wall: Configuration C
DWG DXF
High Wind-Resistant Construction D144: Roof to Wall: Configuration D
DWG DXF
High Wind-Resistant Construction D145: Stud to Plate (Wide Face): Stud-to-Plate Connections
DWG DXF
High Wind-Resistant Construction D146: Stud to Plate (Narrow Face): Installation 1
DWG DXF
High Wind-Resistant Construction D147: Stud to Plate (Narrow Face): Installation 2
DWG DXF
High Wind-Resistant Construction D43: Top Plates to Stud
DWG DXF
SDWC15600
DWG DXF