CHESTERFIELD, MO -- MiTek announced the release of a new USP Structural Connectors product, the FA4 Foundation Anchor.
The International Building Code and International Residential Code now commonly require the use of 5/8" diameter anchor bolts on design plans for anchoring a structure to its foundation. The FA4 Foundation Anchor may be installed as a replacement for these anchor bolts, while achieving the same load capacity. In addition, 1/2" diameter anchor bolts, which have been called out in the building code for many years, may also be replaced with FA4 Foundation Anchors. For replacing 1/2" diameter anchor bolts, fewer FA4 Foundation Anchors would be required than the number needed to replace 5/8" anchors bolts, further driving down product and installation costs.
The FA4 Foundation Anchors are installed in wet concrete. The design of the legs of the FA4 allow the concrete to flow through the anchor, reducing the chance for spalling. Once the concrete cures, mudsills can be put in place and secured by bending the FA4 flanges for a tight fit and then nailing the FA4 in place with the size and quantity of fasteners specified by USP. The FA4 can also be mounted to a form board before concrete is poured.
"The specification of 5/8" and 1/2" anchor bolts is costly, to say nothing of the labor-intensive task of embedding them in concrete and bolting down the mud sill," said Steve Brekke, P.E., Engineering Operations Manger for USP. "The FA4 offers a cleverly designed alternative that can save both money and time."
About USP Structural Connectors
USP Structural Connectors, a product brand of MiTek US, is a code-approved line of engineered structural connectors, anchors, and epoxy for the residential, commercial construction, and DIY sectors. USP offers more than 4,000 SKUs backed by professional engineering, technical support, innovative software solutions, and a North American sales team. USP has a long-standing history of providing its customers with a competitive advantage. Learn more: USPConnectors.com
About the MiTek Builder Products Division
A division of MiTek US, the MiTek Builder Products division integrates a number of building products and software that MiTek has assembled after a remarkable series of acquisitions. These products include USP Structural Connectors, the Z4 Tie-Down System, and the Hardy Frame Shear Wall System, as well as design software solutions for decks and structural connectors. Also offered through the MiTek Builder Products division is SAPPHIRE Supply, an estimating and design module within the MiTek SAPPHIRE software suite, designed for lumber and building material suppliers. This module is also compatible with SAPPHIRE Viewer for collaboration with builders and others in the design and optimization of the wood structural frame. Learn more: www.MiTekBuilderProducts.com
About MiTek Industries
MiTek Industries is a diversified global supplier of software, engineered products, services, and equipment to the residential, commercial, and industrial, construction sectors. MiTek Industries' passion for our associates' well-being and for our customers' success through continuous process improvement is the company's hallmark. A Berkshire Hathaway company since 2001, the Company has operations in more than 40 countries on six continents. Learn more: www.MiTekBuilderProducts.com, www.MiTek-US.com and www.MII.com.