YouTube Video of FX-70 Testing Shows Industry First

My wife and I have been attending a boot camp class for a little over a year now. We have a great coach who always varies the workouts and keeps things fun while really challenging us. He likes hip hop music, so that is what we listen to as we suffer through our squats, kettle bell swings and burpees at 5:30 in the morning. I really just told you that story so I could tell you another one.

Earlier this week I was talking to one of our younger R&D engineers about a test project and I responded to one of his questions with a quote from rap lyric. You have to throw humor into engineering meetings when you can. He laughed and then gave me a puzzled look and said, “I’ve never had a boss anywhere near your age who knew who Jay-Z was.” I try to take it as a compliment, but I think he was calling me old. He would also be surprised to know I have my own YouTube channel, mostly so I can post videos my daughter creates of herself making rainbow loom rubber band bracelets. I think my channel has zero followers.

Rainbow Loom iPod Case
My daughter Kira made an iPod case out of rubber bands.

Simpson Strong-Tie also has a YouTube channel where we have videos on a variety of topics relevant to designers, contractors and do-it-yourselfers. Be sure to check out a new video called “FX-70® Pile Repair Cyclic Testing” on the Simpson Strong-Tie YouTube channel. It gives an overview of the testing we did to support one of our new products, the Simpson Strong-Tie® FX-70® Structural Repair and Protection System. This video captures the industry’s first scaled, cyclic test of a repaired wood pile.

Testing a wood pile.
Testing a wood pile.











As you may recall, I wrote a post last September called Not Just a Connector Company describing how our Engineering/R&D team developed and performed the test protocol for this product. FX-70 is a part of our Repair, Protection and Strengthening Systems for Concrete and Masonry, which is the result of our acquisition of Fox Industries, Inc., in 2011.

FX-70, which has been used successfully for more than 40 years, uses high-strength fiberglass jackets and high-strength water-insensitive grouting materials to repair and protect wood, steel and concrete structural members.

We wanted to evaluate the performance of the system under seismic loading. And, the cyclic static test frame at our Tye Gilb Research Laboratory in Stockton, Calif., enabled us to fully test the system on 16-foot-tall wood piles.

The results of this test will provide structural engineers with real-world data to help them evaluate the FX-70 system as a potential solution to their structural repair applications.

Tell us what you think of the video and testing.

FX-70® Structural Piling Repair and Protection System

For complete information regarding specific products suitable to your unique situation or condition, please visit or call your local Simpson Strong-Tie RPS specialist at 800-999-5099.

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Paul McEntee

Author: Paul McEntee

A couple of years back we hosted a “Take your daughter or son to work day,” which was a great opportunity for our children to find out what their parents did. We had different activities for the kids to learn about careers and the importance of education in opening up career opportunities. People often ask me what I do for Simpson Strong-Tie and I sometimes laugh about how my son Ryan responded to a questionnaire he filled out that day:

Q.   What is your mom/dad's job?
A.   Goes and gets coffee and sits at his desk

Q.   What does your mom/dad actually do at work?
A.   Walks in the test lab and checks things

When I am not checking things in the lab or sitting at my desk drinking coffee, I manage Engineering Research and Development for Simpson Strong-Tie, focusing on new product development for connectors and lateral systems.

I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and I am a licensed Civil and Structural Engineer in California. Prior to joining Simpson Strong-Tie, I worked for 10 years as a consulting structural engineer designing commercial, industrial, multi-family, mixed-use and retail projects. I was fortunate in those years to work at a great engineering firm that did a lot of everything. This allowed me to gain experience designing with wood, structural steel, concrete, concrete block and cold-formed steel as well as working on many seismic retrofits of historic unreinforced masonry buildings.

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