Choosing a cap plate is easy, but important. The IRC (International Residential Code) states under R502.9 Fastening (Floors) “…Where posts and beams or girder construction is used to support floor framing, positive connections shall be provided to ensure against uplift and lateral displacement.” There are a few ways to get positive connection from beam and column that support floors. Note that all column top plates have to be attached to beams using the appropriate screws or bolts. The traditional way of welding a plate to the column in the field can be time consuming and costly. Or with the Lally Lock Column and Lally Lock Plates the plate simply screws into the embedded fastening unit on one end of the column. Then the plate is fastened to the beam creating the required connection between the column and beam.
Whether you are looking for a standard plate or a plate to saddle a beam, we have a size a to meet any beam configuration.