Simpson Develops New Flat Rail Bracket

Originally published by: Simpson Strong-TieApril 19, 2017

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FBFZ<br>U.S. Patent PendingThe new, patent-pending FBFZ flat fence bracket from Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, makes the connection between rails and posts simple and strong. The flat-plate design, a new addition to the fence bracket line, is fabricated for a concealed look that shows less metal and makes installation easier by eliminating the need for toenailing or screwing.

New, bendable tabs on each end of the bracket allow slight adjustments for attaching wood rails to a post while providing a strong connection to accommodate wood expansion and contraction. The FBFZ also can be used for handrail assemblies on porches and decks that are no more than 30" above the ground. Simpson Strong-Tie recommends that installers, contractors and do-it-yourselfers check with their local building departments to ensure their designs meet the requirements for rail attachments.

“This new, sleek fence bracket will help our customers create strong structures for their outdoor spaces, with a minimal amount of metal showing,” said Sam Hensen, Simpson Strong-Tie vice president and general manager for Connectors. “The bendable tabs give them additional adjustability that will save time and money in installation materials.”

Key features and benefits of the FBFZ flat fence bracket include:

  • ZMAX® galvanization for additional corrosion resistance in external applications and with preservative-treated wood.
  • Flexible holes that accommodate multiple types of fasteners, including nails and Strong-Drive® SD Connector screws.

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