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LCE Light Post Cap for End Condition


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Two-Piece Post Caps

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The LCE is designed to provide a connection when the end of a beam bears on a post. The versatile, two-piece design of this light post cap for end conditions can accommodate 4x and 6x lumber. The LCE is ideal for both new and retrofit construction and is load rated when installed in pairs.

Key Features

  • Always install in pairs; universal design eliminates need for rights and lefts
  • Stronger than angled nailing or screw fastening
  • Eliminates nailing into end grain
  • Tested and approved for mitered end conditions


  • LCE4 — 20 ga. (33 mil)


  • Galvanized, ZMAX® coating or stainless steel; see Corrosion Information


  • Use all specified fasteners; see General Notes
  • Install all models in pairs to achieve allowable loads
  • Install one LCE4 on each outside face for mitered corners

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Load Tables

    For stainless-steel fasteners, see Fastener Types and Sizes Specified for Simpson Strong-Tie Connectors.

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

LCE4 Post Caps Load Table
  1. Allowable loads have been increased for wind or earthquake loading with no further increase allowed. Reduce where other loads govern.
  2. Loads apply only when used in pairs.
  3. For minimum nailing quantity and load values, fill all round holes; for maximum nailing quantity and load values, fill all round and triangular holes.
  4. LCE4 uplift load for mitered-corner conditions is 985 lb. (DF/SP) or 845 lb. (SPF). Lateral loads do not apply.
  5. 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.
  6. Fasteners: Nail dimensions in the table are listed diameter by length. For additional information, see Fastener Types and Sizes Specified for Simpson Strong-Tie Connectors.
LCE4Z Post Caps Load Table
  1. The allowable download for the mitered LCE4Z connection is limited to the bearing of the mitered beams on the post and shall be determined by the Designer.
  2. The combined uplift loads applied to all the beams must not exceed the post allowable uplift load listed in the table.
  3. Connectors must be installed in pairs to achieve listed loads.
Load Values with Strong-Drive® SD Connector Screws
Model No. Nominal Post Size Fasteners Allowable Loads
Beam Flange Post Flange Uplift Lateral F1

    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.

  1. Must be installed in pairs.
LCE41 - 14-SD10112 10-SD10112 1860 1355

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