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Determining the correct Pos-I-Tie® Barrel Type and Length for your project.

The Pos-I-Tie® was invented in 1985 and was the first barrel type veneer anchor in the marketplace. This system allows the transfer of lateral loads between the brick veneer and the backup directly through full sheets of sheathing without imparting any forces onto the sheathing. Not all sheathing is the same. It is important to analyze the wall configuration to determine the type and size of your masonry anchor to insure the correct Pos-I-Tie® is used for your project.

1. DETERMINE THE BACKUP WALL FOR THE SCREW TYPE

A. Steel Stud Backup Wall: Self-Drilling Screws (Standard catalog numbers start with 75SD(xxxx)
This type of screw will drill and tap the steel stud without the need to pre-drill a hole. Use with 18 gauge – 12 gauge studs.

B. CMU/Concrete/Wood/Precast/ICF: (Standard catalog numbers start with 75TC(xxxx)
CMU, Concrete, Precast and ICF require pre-drilling a 3/16” dia hole 2” deep into the backup.
Wood Stud backups do not require pre-drilling.


C. Structural Steel (special order): (Standard catalog numbers start with 75DI(xxxx)
(Steel backup walls heavier than 12 gauge). In most cases this screw will drill into structural steel without pre-drilling a hole. If the steel is dense you may have to pre-drill a 1/8” diameter hole.

2. ANALYZE THE BUILDING ENVELOPE WALL

The base of the Pos-I-Tie® Barrel (where the screw is attached) is configured to bore through insulation and gypsum boards. The barrel length is determined by the combined dimensions of these elements. The barrel portion will NOT go through OSB, Plywood or steel faced sheathing. Below are several of the common wall configurations.

A: Brick Veneer - Air Space - No Sheathing - Backup

(This configuration would not be used with steel or wood studs.)
The smallest barrel length is 5/8" with an overall length of 1-1/4”. For this configuration, the Pos-I-Tie® requires a minimum 1-1/4” cavity between the brick and the backup. If you have this configuration with an airspace under 1-1/4" consider using Heckmann 315-D Screw-On Plates with #316 Triangle Ties.

B. Brick Veneer - Air Space - Gypsum Board (no insulation)- Backup

The 5/8” barrel screw is used with 1/2” and 5/8” gypsum boards. With both sizes, the EPDM washer will seal the hole.
Some specifiers are using double layers of gypsum against the backup for additional R values. Make sure you check for this. If this is the case, the Pos-I-Tie® Barrel length will be the combined thickness of the gypsum boards. Please see “Special Conditions” at the end of this article. The extra-long self-drilling screw is required for double gypsum board projects.

C. Brick Veneer- Air Space - Insulation - Gypsum Board - Backup

The Pos-I-Tie® barrel length will be the combination of the Gypsum board thickness and the insulation thickness.
(This is a common wall configuration for steel and wood studs)

D. Brick Veneer - Air Space - Insulation only - Backup

The Pos-I-Tie® barrel length will be the thickness of the insulation. (Insulation can be rigid, spray-on or mineral wool)
(This is a common wall configuration for CMU walls and some steel stud walls)

E. Brick Veneer - Air Space -Plywood - Backup

The Pos-I-Tie® Barrel will not go through Plywood or OSB. Only the screw will go through and into the backup. The smallest barrel length is 5/8" with an overall length of 1-1/4”. For this configuration, the Pos-I-Tie® requires a minimum 1-1/4” airspace. If you have this configuration with an airspace under 1-1/4" consider using Heckmann 315-D Screw-On Plates with #316 Triangle Ties.

F. Brick Veneer - Air Space - Insulation - Plywood/OSB - Backup

The Pos-I-Tie® Barrel will not go through Plywood or OSB. Only the screw will go through and into the backup. The Pos-I-Tie® barrel length will be the thickness of the insulation. (Note: If your situation has steel stud backup with plywood see “Special Conditions” at the end of this article. The extra-long self-drilling screw will be needed to penetrate through the plywood and into the steel stud.


Special insulation panels: There are several new insulation panels on the market that have wood or steel on the outside of the insulation panel at the airspace. Zip System®, Hunter Xci AEGIS, etc. Contact Heckmann’s for details on masonry anchor options for these types of systems.

3. POS-I-TIE® BARREL LENGTHS

The listed lengths of the Pos-I-Tie® barrels are the lengths matching the combined sheathing thickness. The Pos-I-Tie® has a 1/8” tolerance above and below the listed length. The head of the barrel will protrude 1/2” into the airspace from the insulation.

The steel-backed EPDM washer is 1/8” thick and will either dimple into the insulation or rest right on the insulation – both cases seal the hole drilled through the insulation. The Pos-I-Tie® system holds the insulation tightly against the backup wall preventing any water or air from entering between the gypsum and the insulation. There is no need to have a 2nd seal at a barrier that is between the gypsum and the insulation. This system has been in use for 35 years with no water failures at the anchor locations.

1/8” tolerance with EPDM washer under the flanged head.

Standard Barrel Lengths are 5/8”, 1”, 1.5”, 2”, 2.5”, 3”, 3.5”, 4” and 4.5”

Longer custom lengths are available in ½” increments with our factory-assembled spacers attached to our standard barrels:

4. WIRE TIES

There are two different wire ties: one for the Original Pos-I-Tie® System and one for the ThermalClip® Pos-I-Tie® System. Both ties are 3/16” diameter in either Hotdip Galvanized After Fabrication or Type 304 Stainless Steel. The standard lengths are 3”, 3-1/2”, 4” and 5”. Custom lengths are available.

The Original Pos-I-Tie® System utilizes a Triangle Type Wire Tie that is threaded through the barrel screw

The ThermalClip® Pos-I-Tie® System utilizes a pintle wire tie that can be inserted into the ThermalClip®.

The wire ties are not interchangeable. You cannot use a pintle tie with the Original Pos-I-Tie® and you cannot use the looped Triangle tie with the ThermalClip® Pos-I-Tie®,

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The TMS 402 Building Code requires the wire ties to be at least 1-1/2” into the brick from the airspace, but no closer than 5/8” from the exterior wall. That allows for a 1-1/2” area for the correct placement of the wire tie.

The minimum length formula for the wire tie is: Airspace - .25 + 1.5

The maximum length formula for the wire tie is: Airspace - .25 + 3

AIRSPACE

MINIMUM TIE LENGTH

MAXIMUM TIE LENGTH

STANDARD TIES THAT FIT

RECOMMENDED TIE LENGTH

1”

2-1/4”

3-3/4”

3”, 3-1/2”

3”

1-1/2”

2-3/4”

4-1/4”

3”, 3-1/2”, 4”

3-1/2”

2”

3-1/4”

4-3/4”

3-1/2”, 4”

4”

2-1/2”

3-3/4”

5-1/4”

4”, 5”

5”

5. SPECIAL CONDITIONS

The Heckmann Pos-I-Tie® System has additional add-ons for unique situations with the self-drilling screws for steel studs.

Some insulation manufacturers have insulation that is a ¼” thicker than the normal ½” increment sizes. For these applications we can custom-install these bump-out screws that will allow overall lengths to include ¼” and ¾” dimensions.


A: Extra Long Screw


Used for steel studs with Plywood/OSB sheathing or double gypsum boards.

B. 1/4" "bump-out" extensions for steel stud backups.

Some insulation manufacturers have insulation that is 1/4" thicker than the normal 1/2" increment sizes. For these applications we can custom-install these bump-out screws that will allow overall lengths to include 1/4" and 3/4" sheathing thickness.


C. ThermalGrip® CI (Continuous Insulation) washer.


This 2” diameter plastic washer has two prongs on the back for spotting onto the insulation before drilling the Pos-I-Tie® into the backup. The ThermalGrip® washer is required by most Foil-Faced insulation manufacturers for their warranty. The washer allows the Pos-I-Tie® barrel screw to act both as a masonry anchor and a continuous insulation washer with the same penetration.


D. The Pos-I-Tie® ThermalClip®.

The ThermalClip® snaps onto the loop in the airspace creating a break in the thermal transfer between the wire tie and the barrel screw. You must use the 282-N Series Pintle Wire Ties with the ThermalClip®. The Pos-I-Tie® Triangle wire ties will not work with the ThermalClip®.

Standard Catalog Numbers for the Pos-I-Tie® Veneer Anchoring System

Standard Catalog Number

Description

POS-I-TIE® SELF-DRILLING STEEL STUD BARREL SCREWS

75SDSN

5/8" Barrel Self-Drilling Steel Stud Screw with EPDM washer

75SDMN

1" Barrel Self-Drilling Steel Stud Screw with EPDM washer

75SDMNA

1-1/2" Barrel Self-Drilling Steel Stud Screw w/EPDM washer

75SDLN

2" Barrel Self-Drilling Steel Stud Screw with EPDM washer

75SDLNA

2-1/2" Barrel Self-Drilling Steel Stud Screw w/EPDM washer

75SDLLN

3" Barrel Self-Drilling Steel Stud Screw w/EPDM washer

75SDLLNA

3-1/2" Barrel Self-Drilling Steel Stud Screw w EPDM washer

75SDLLM

4" Barrel Self-Drilling Steel Stud Screw with EPDM washer

75SDLLMA

4-1/2" Barrel Self-Drilling Steel Stud Screw w/EPDM Washer

POS-I-TIE® CMU/CONCRETE/WOOD BARREL SCREWS

75TCSN

5/8 inch Barrel CMU/Concrete Screw with EPDM washer

75TCMN

1 inch Barrel CMU/Concrete Screw with EPDM washer

75TCMNA

1-1/2 inch Barrel CMU/Concrete Screw with EPDM washer

75TCLN

2 inch Barrel CMU/Concrete Screw with EPDM washer

75TCLNA

2-1/2 inch Barrel CMU/Concrete Screw with EPDM washer

75TCLLA

3 inch Barrel CMU/Concrete Screw with EPDM washer

75TCLLLN

3-1/2 inch Barrel CMU/Concrete Screw with EPDM washer

75TCLLMN

4 inch Barrel CMU/Concrete Screw with EPDM washer

75TCLLPN

4-1/2 inch Barrel CMU/Concrete Screw with EPDM washer

POS-I-TIE® TRIANGLE WIRE TIES

75T3H

3/16 x 3 inch Hotdip Galvanized Triangle Wire Tie

75T3S

3/16 x 3 inch Stainless Steel Triangle Wire Tie

75T35H

3/16 x 3-1/2 inch Hotdip Galvanized Triangle Wire Tie

75T35S

3/16 x 3-1/2 inch Stainless Steel Triangle Wire Tie

75T4H

3/16 x 4 inch Hotdip Galvanized Triangle Wire Tie

75T4S

3/16 x 4 inch Stainless Steel Triangle Wire Tie

75T5H

3/16 x 5 inch Hotdip Galvanized Triangle Wire Tie

75T5S

3/16 x 5 inch Stainless Steel Triangle Wire Tie

POS-I-TIE® THERMALCLIP® AND PINTLE WIRE TIES

75TC

Pos-I-Tie® ThermalClip®

282N3H

Pintle Tie 3/16 x 3 Hotdip Galv

282N3S

Pintle Tie 3/16 x 3 Stainless Steel

282N35H

Pintle Tie 3/16 x 3-1/2 Hotdip Galv

282N35S

Pintle Tie 3/16 x 3-1/2 Stainless Steel

282N4H

Pintle Tie 3/16 x 4 Hotdip Galv

282N4S

Pintle Tie 3/16 x 4 Stainless Steel

282N5H

Pintle Tie 3/16 x 5 Hotdip Galv

282N5S

Pintle Tie 3/16 x 5 Stainless Steel

POS-I-TIE® 610-S 2" DIAMETER WASHER FOR CONTINUOUS INSULATION

610-S

Thermal-Grip™ Standard 2" diameter plastic washer

Updated December 2020

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