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A rafter tie aka hurricane tie, provides a direct connection between the roof rafter and the wall framing. It forms part of a continuous load path to resist wind and seismic forces. In this episode, Wade @wkp_construciton discusses the importance of following the correct installation guidelines for the various hurricane ties.  He explains how it's very common to see a tie on the interior of a wall assembly connecting the rafter to the top plate and the only form of a connection from the top plate-to-stud is via sheathing.  This type of connection dramatically reduces uplift resistance and can result in a top plate roll.  Wade explains how in this scenario the top plate can rotate and separate from the studs. To avoid that scenario Wade prefers to use a @Simpson Strong Tie H2A which connects all three members: rafter / top plate / stud, which provides the best resistance to uplift and eliminates a separate (second) top plate-to-stud connection. 
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