Frequently Asked Questions
What does the QuickTie system replace and what hardware is still required?
The QuickTie cable system replaces difficult to install conventional hold downs and metal strapping/clipping (manufactured by the likes of Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc. and MiTek USA, Inc. through their USP Structural Connectors® product brand). QuickTie also replaces threaded rod systems that have little allowable deflections and have no way of compensating for long term wood shrinkage without expensive take-up devices. For those using expensive OSB systems to accommodate uplift conditions, QuickTie offers a stronger, easier to install system that eliminates multiple rows of blocking and complicated nailing patterns, as well as most metal straps that are required on all headers. See for more detail.
On multi-family projects, the last few pages of your shop drawings will show what the cables replace from the structural shearwall details and how the loads meet the structural engineer’s requirements. Generally, the layout will reference the particular shearwall at issue (e.g., SW1) and the specific cables required are color coded with a cable legend on each page. Also, beyond shearwall and uplift cables to meet the engineer’s holddown requirements, we can provide “miscellaneous” hardware (such as hangers, post caps and bases, etc.).
For uplift cables, see . On multi-family projects, see the cover page of your shop drawings and clips or straps indicated next to dimension lines on the layout, and check under the “Notes” section for additional clips / strap requirements, if any.
How is the tightening / elongation of the cables measured so we know – and inspectors know – the QuickTie cables are installed correctly?
Each QuickTie cable is color coded to designate an allowable design load. All cables are manufactured as a complete component, so there is no concern of alterations or alternations in the field. This gives an inspector confidence in the embedment depth of the cable anchor into the concrete. As a general guideline, there are three things an inspector should check when inspecting the QuickTie cable system:
- Tautness. Grab the cable to check it is tight.
- Epoxy. Verify that the epoxy has mushroomed around the threaded end of the cable at the baseplate, and that proper embedment depth has been achieved by the amount of the threaded end still visible above the base plate. (note: if the cable is coupled to anchor bolts rather than embedded into the slab, check the connection of the coupler / anchor)
- Tension. Each cable has a color coded tag connected to it, with instructions on tightening the cable to the proper tension written on the tag. Tension is nothing more than a measurement of elongation, and each tag will instruct the installer how much of the threaded end should be visible above the top plate nut. Further, because cables can stretch, the tensioning instructions have allotted for over-tensioning of the cables to 130% of the design load (the extra tension accounts for the relaxation of the cable that occurs over the first 45 days, as well as the compression “loading” of the building and long term wood shrinkage). The amount of tension at the initial tightening of the cable is the most load it will see in its entire life, thus “proof testing” the connection and all other components in the load path. You can rest assured if the cable holds at the time it is installed the connection is installed correctly. Also, please see .
How do I make sure my Quick Tie Cable lengths are correct?
QuickTie cables come in 1” increments and are identified accordingly. The measurement is from the foundation to the top of the upper most top-plate where the cable terminates.
So for example, if the distance between the foundation and top plate is 10’1” – one typical plate height of a single family home in Florida – and you need a “Blue” cable to per your design load, you would order a QTB10.1.
Note the distinction between the identity of the cable and the “overall length” (OAL), which is greater. The OAL represents the additional lengths of (a) the imbedded portion of the bottom swage of the cable, plus (b) the protruding portion of the top swage of the cable which runs through the upper-most top plate.
Cables can also be coupled to anchor bolts such that they are not epoxied into the foundation. In this case, the cables will need to be shorter. Contact our office if this is how you intend to install the cables, and we will walk you through it.
For multi-family projects, QuickTie cables are custom manufactured to length. We ask customers to complete a form that verifies plate heights. This is a critical component of getting your design correct the first time. A generic form is available at .
How do we get pricing from QuickTie?
For any multifamily projects, please contact Bob Frosio or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a link or Dropbox with the architectural and structural plans, and a due date you need it by. We will contact you to discuss how we can best serve your project – either with a complete Division 6 Framing package, or, more narrowly tailored options for shearwall and/or uplift holddown requirements.
Does QuickTie provide labor to install the QuickTie system?
No, but we will visit your office or job site and provide training and certification to you and your installation crew. We are also happy to refer you to our very capable, cost effective installation partners in the wood frame and concrete masonry block trade.
Can QuickTie provide a budgetary quote?
Yes. Often times, we can get pretty close on a “budget” number for shearwall holddown replacements, without construction-issue sets of plans. When necessary, we follow our budget price with actual prices when we have enough information from structural plans.
What information is required by QuickTie to design the system?
We work off a PO or signed QuickTie quote to define pricing and our scope of work. This is mandatory, but we can get started on a more informal basis and cross that bridge when we get to it for well-established customers under tight time constraints.
To provide you shop drawings, we need:
- “Latest and greatest” structural and architectural plans
- Architectural CAD files – as the foundation for our layout
- Truss PDF profiles and CAD files – to calculate uplift and overlay the roof layout
We aim to provide complete shop drawings in 10 business days from receipt of PO and all necessary files.
We are installing the QuickTie system and have questions – who do I contact?
You will have a designated Project Manager (PM), as well as a Project Administrator (PA). Our PM and PA are here to help you answer any questions you have questions on design, installation, shipping, material lists, etc. Our VP of Engineering is also here to help you with your more technical questions.
Field issues arise on nearly every job. We take pride in both proactively identifying these at the onset of your job, and reactively responding to keep your job moving on schedule.
QuickTie cables resists shear forces. Is the QuickTie system cable of resisting uplift forces?
Yes. If within the scope of your PO, we provide uplift cables and/or strapping where cables are not feasible if a particular impeding condition occurs.
What about wood shrinkage?
Threaded Rods and other competing Rod systems are static, passive systems that do not inherently account for wood shrinkage after tightening, requiring expensive and quirky “take-up” devices.
QuickTie provides an active system that cinches walls to the foundation. Because a cable can stretch, we can over tension the cables at installation to accommodate long term wood shrinkage. Once installed, QuickTie cables never need to be retightened. Testing has proved that walls using the QuickTie system are 50% stiffer than competing systems under typical day to day wind conditions. Less movement equals less cracking with exterior stucco and interior drywall. Contact us for more details about our exhaustive laboratory testing and results.
How far can the shear wall cable at the top plate be from the furthest stud?
The cable needs to be no more than 3” from where shearwall is restrained. So this measurement is at the plate level, not the foundation. Installers and inspectors sometimes confuse the requirement to be 3” from stud to mean all cables. This is just for shearwall cables. To help keep the cable plumb, our designers will actually create cable pockets shown in the shearwall wall section by splitting the compression studs. Please also check these prior to framing.
When you have a large opening and windows on the above floor on each side of the opening, how will do you run the cable system to the top?
There will be situations where alternative methods will be used such as straps that are affixed floor to floor. Depending on how the architect designed the building we mostly run cables for 100% of the hold downs, but there will be those occasions where shear wall fastening is achieved through alternatives to cable.
Are there generic details for dealing with certain framing conditions? For example, how do you work around steel I-beams?
The last pages of our shop drawings address a large variety of connections. Also, see our details library on our download page. These account for almost every framing condition we’ve encountered in over 16 years in business.
For example, with I-beams, you can anchor to the I-beam by welding coupling nuts directly to the steel. Then, the cable is attached to the weld/coupling nuts.