Simpson Strong-Tie has introduced the WBAC wood backing steel connector designed to eliminate alignment issues and reduce installation time in connecting wood backing to cold-formed steel (CFS) studs.
Answering contractor demand for an all-in-one wood-to-CFS connector for interior and finish applications, the WBAC provides a strong, easy-to-install, versatile solution that’s ideal for heavy wall hangings like cabinets, shelves and handrails, and features a fastening pattern and unique rolled tabs engineered for extra strength and stiffness.
Fabricated from G90 galvanized steel and available in two sizes to fit 1 1/4-inch and 1 5/8-inch or 2-inch flanges, the WBAC attaches easily to either grade lumber or 5/8-inch fire-rated board, and can be used to quickly and easily attach wood components to either drywall or structural cold-formed steel studs using #8-18 modified truss-head screws.
Extensively tested in accordance with ICC-ES AC261, the WBAC is an ideal multipurpose wood backing CFS connector for use across a wide range of CFS interior projects, including schools, hospitals and other midrise structures. Additional features of the WBAC include:
- Simple Installation: Prepunched holes allow the same screw to be used for both wood backing and stud attachments.
- Versatile and Adaptable: Works for any stud spacing, so predetermined or typical stud spacing is not required.
- No Alignment Issues: Sight lines help guide installation for easy alignment.
- Heavy-Duty Design: Unique rolled support bottom tabs provide extra strength and stiffness.