T Rex Post and Beam Connector Plate

Post and Beam Connector Plate


This post and beam connector plate detail shows how to use a T-Rex Connector to join a timbered beam to a post.  Post and Connector Plate T RexThe T-Rex is a piece of anodized aluminum in the shape of a “T”, in which one end gets screwed (in the case of this detail) with  GRK RSS screws to the post, and the other end goes into a slot cut into the end of the beam.  The beam is then secured to the T-Rex Connector with three ½” aluminum pins supplied by T-REX.

To aid in cutting and assembly of this connection, the team that created the T-Rex has also created some jigs and other tools that can greatly help out with the layout and cutting of the slot and holes.

You can find out more about the Connecticut Post and Beam in our online Directory here and view the engineering specs in the PDF file.

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2 Responses to T Rex Post and Beam Connector Plate

  1. Keith Cummings August 28, 2017 at 10:12 am #

    I think bolts (screws) have greater tensile strength than they have shear strength. I’m no engineer but couldn’t the T be ‘let-in’ to the post deep enough that the edge of the bracket and a small portion of the beam transfer load onto a horizontal face of post?

    • Brice Cochran September 5, 2017 at 3:37 am #

      Yes, you can certainly use a housing, letting in the beams into a post, which would allow the beam to bear directly on the post and use the T Rex connector to hold everything together.

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