THE SLIP BRACKET CONNECTOR SBC-A     For new deck construction

All wood members both absorb and release moisture under conditions of wetness and dryness. When both ends of the wood members are rigidly secured, these members impart expansion and contraction forces on the wood member sufficient to cause wallowing damage to the securement means and cause securement failures to occur. While this problem may exist within interior structures, the problem is more significant with exterior exposed structures such as wood deck railings.

The slip bracket connector SBC-A shown above, is a baluster bracket that secures the wood member in two directions (around the wood member) while allowing the length of the wood member to expand and contract (or slip) within the bracket. The allowance of free movement in the length dimension mitigates the high expansion and contraction forces that lead to both fastener failures and other related connection problems. A typical 2”x2”baluster deck application is shown in Fig 2.

Fig. 2 Typical Application with wood deck balusters Fig. 2 Typical Application with wood deck balusters

The vertical wood balusters shown in Figure 2 are thereby allowed vertical slip within the slip bracket while held securely by the top screw fasteners. The lower slip bracket secures the baluster against a kick out force from the top deck.


The SBC-A bracket is made to accommodate new deck construction where outer access to the lower deck rail is easily allowed.


For existing deck construction you may use Slip Bracket connector “B”.



Slip Bracket A
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