FastenMaster Non-Load Bearing Connector

The FastenMaster Non-Load Bearing Connector (NLB) is engineered to allow a framer to make a non-load bearing connection faster and safer.

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The NLB Fastening System is designed for connecting the top plate of non-load bearing walls to trusses or joists above. It allows for vertical movement of the trusses while providing lateral stability to the wall.

FastenMaster Non-Load Bearing Connector

The Non-Load Bearing Connector fastening system is designed for connecting the top plate of non-load bearing walls to trusses above. It allows for vertical movement of the truss while providing lateral stability to the wall.

The NLB Fastening System is designed for connecting the top plate of non-load bearing walls to trusses or joists above. It allows for vertical movement of the trusses while providing lateral stability to the wall.

Connection Details:

  • The top plate of non-load bearing walls must be connected at the top to resist the code-required lateral loading of 5 pounds per square foot of wall area
  • A gap must be left between the wall and the truss or joist to allow for vertical movement due to live loads and seasonal changes
  • If built without a gap, loads can be transferred onto these walls that could cause serviceability issues leading to callbacks
  • Currently this type of gapped connection requires a clip that must be installed from above the plate and sometimes from both sides of the truss

Product Features

  • A 6” hardened structural screw with sharp point and aggressive thread quickly pass through the plate and engages the truss during installation
  • The specially designed cutting wings on the shank of the screw cut a hole in the top plate
  • A pre-attached sleeve on the fastener fits into this hole, creating a friction-free guide that allows for vertical truss movement
  • The NLB Setting Tool automatically sets the head ¾” proud for potential upward truss movement and ease inspectability

Safety & Productivity Benefits

  • Replacing clips and nails means no pneumatic nail gun or hoses
  • Installation from the floor surface eliminates the need for ladders or scaffolding
  • Connections can be made up to 10x faster, significantly reducing labor
  • Eliminating the need for double top plates on non-load bearing walls provides meaningful material savings on the overall project