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DSC Drag-Strut Connector


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The DSC drag-strut connector transfers diaphragm shear forces from a girder truss or beam to shearwalls. The DSC5 has been designed to optimize fastener location. The DSC2 is a smaller, lighter version that installs with fewer fasteners.

Key Features

  • Left-hand and right-hand versions available
  • DSC connectors install with 1/4" x 3" Strong-Drive® SDS Heavy-Duty Connector screws (provided)


  • DSC2 — 8 gauge; DSC5 — 3 gauge


  • DSC2 — galvanized; DSC5 — Simpson Strong-Tie gray paint


  • Use all specified fasteners; see General Notes
  • Strong-Drive SDS Heavy-Duty Connector screws are provided

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Load Tables

DSC Drag Strut Connector Load Table
  1. Allowable loads have been increased for wind or earthquake loading with no further increase allowed. Reduce where other loads govern.
  2. Strong-Drive® SDS Heavy-Duty Connector screw minimum penetration is 2 3/4", minimum end distance is 2 1/2" for DSC2 and 3 3/4" for DSC5, and minimum edge distance is 5/8" for full load values.
  3. Strong-Drive SDS Heavy-Duty Connector screws may be installed through metal truss plates as approved by the truss designer, provided the requirements of ANSI/TPI 1-2014, Sections and 8.9.2 are met (predrilling required through the plate using a 5/32" bit maximum).

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