How to Order SkinnyBraces

We need the following fabrication information about your SkinnyBrace:

  1. Capacity;
  2. Column designation;
  3. Top connection method;
  4. Dimensions and Hole Sizes & Locations;
  5. Base connection

Fabrication Information

1. Capacity: A, AX, F, or FX?

We need to know the model Structural Fuse. Currently there are four different models available: A, AX, F, and FX. The Design Professional will decide which model is needed to resist the lateral loads he or she has calculated based on analysis of the structure.

2. Column Designation: e.g. "W8x67"

SkinnyBraces use standard steel profiles for the columns. We offer (at additional cost) different choices of columns that vary according to the width of the column and the weight of the assembly. If you have room for a wider column and want a lighter SkinnyBrace to make the installation easier you can choose a custom model. If you do not specify the column designation we will provide the standard column size for a particular model. Standard column sizes are:

  • A--W8x35
  • AX--W8x67
  • F--W12x65
  • FX--W12x136

For more information on column sizes see the table on our "Products" page.

3. Top Connection: Channels or Plate?

SkinnyBraces are located either between a pair of joists using telescoping connector channels, or to the underside of a beam or collector, using a flat connector plate (see photos below).

Connector CHANNELS: Channels are provided in nesting pairs that telescope in or out to fit between joists or beams with clear spacing of approximately 12" to 16". The channels mount near the ends of the "wings" that attach to the wood framing members.

Examples of Connector Plates

Examples of Connector Plates

Connector PLATE: A single plate is used between the underside of a wood beam or collector and the top Tee of the SkinnyBrace. Plates are available to allow connection of the Tee in the center of the Plate or at the end of the Plate, as shown in the figure.

Custom Connector Plates designed by the Design Professional can be provided, but they must meet limitations in the Code Evaluation Report and will incur additional fees to the Evaluation Agency for approval.

Connector CHANNELS between framing members.

Connector CHANNELS between framing members.

Connector PLATE (painted white, running left-to-right at ceiling level)

Connector PLATE (painted white, running left-to-right at ceiling level)

4. Dimensions and Hole Sizes & Locations (NOTE! Additional charge for more holes)

Standard SkinnyBraces come with a single hole just below the bottom of the structural fuse that may be used to hoist the assembled SkinnyBrace into place for installation. Within limitations, we can provide more holes in the column web up to 2-3/8" diameter (for utilities to run through the column, additional hoisting points, etc.)

Holes may be drilled in the column flanges for connection to the foundation or for attaching finishes to the column. Hole sizes in the column flanges are strictly limited to ensure that the base of the column will not yield before the structural fuses do. These limitations are given in the Instructions for the Design Professional.


Flange Holes: For each flange of the column to receive additional holes, there is a set-up charge of $60. There is also a per-hole charge of $4.50 for 5/l6" diameter holes or $12.50 for other diameters up to the maximum allowed. (5/16" diameter holes are useful for fastening 2x wood nailers to the flanges using 1/4" diameter structural screws.)

Web Holes: Holes in the web that are the same size as structural fuse mounting holes are provided for $15 per hole. Holes of different diameters are provided for $15 per hole, PLUS a set-up charge of $30 for each different diameter.

Example of Additional Charges:
For the figure shown at the top of this page, all holes shown inside the red oval are provided. The flange holes would cost an additional $60 per flange for the set-up charge, plus $12.50 per hole, for a subtotal of $220; The web holes would be an additional $15 for each of the 2-3/8" holes beyond the one provided, plus $15 for the additional 0.75" hole; for the pair of 1.0" holes, there is a set-up charge of $30 plus $15 per hole. For the additional web holes the subtotal is $120. Total for all the additional holes shown would be $340.


Hole Sizes: Hole sizes are available in increments of sixteenths of an inch (1/16") from diameters of 5/16" to 1-3/16", and in increments of 1/8" from diameters of 1-1/4" to 2-3/8."

Hole Locations: Holes will be located within 1/8" of specified dimensions unless specifically requested; if more accurate location is required, tolerances of 1/16" can be provided for an additional charge of $10 per hole.

Mill tolerances for rolled steel shapes used as the SkinnyBrace columns are rather loose, and specifying tolerances of less than 1/8" is not realistic. Celebrate the rustic beauty and strength of structural steel elements, with their inherent imperfections.

5. Base Connection

If a Base Plate is desired we need to know whether it is our standard base plate or a special design provided by the customer. For more information see the Connection Options tab under the PRODUCTS menu.


Order Acknowledgement & Deposit

Once we know what model SkinnyBrace(s) you need we will send you an Order Acknowledgement form. This is a detailed quote for the specific model and options you choose (as described above). The customer must return the signed Order Acknowledgement, thus accepting the price, terms and conditions of sale, and confirming that the SkinnyBrace dimensions and options are as desired.

Payment Methods:

We accept a variety of online payment methods such as PayPal, credit cards, Zelle (Wells Fargo's online payments), and check or money order payments. Discounts are given for checks, money orders, or electronic funds transfers that do not incur surcharges to the receiver.

Non-Refundable Deposit:

We require a deposit of 50% of the cost of the SkinnyBrace before we will schedule production. SkinnyBraces are almost all different, and thus cannot be returned to "stock." The deposit should be considered NON-refundable.