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STRUCTURAL RETAINING STARS

STRUCTURAL RETAINING <b/>STARS</b>ALL STARS ARE NOT THE SAME ! ... BE INFORMED ... KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.

Attention Engineers : Verify All Markings. Accept No Substitutes.

Many of the existing Building Stars were used for, almost exclusively, a structural reason. These Stars have a tendency to fail after many years in place due to the embrittlement of low grade / no grade cast iron. Also, keep in mind, that some of the Stars being sold elsewhere today should actually be classified as "strictly decorative, not for structural use."

Our Structural Star Building Retaining Washers (Structural Retaining Stars) are domestically manufactured in the USA. Often referred to as Seismic Earthquake Washers or Century Star Washers, our washers have an architecturally accurate historic pattern, and are used as anchor plates or wall washers that are connected to a tie rod or bolt on exterior walls of masonry buildings for structural reinforcement, used to brace the masonry wall against lateral bowing. They are available with a five or six point star design in hot galvanized cast ductile iron or may be custom-ordered in aluminum or bronze.

Our Structural Stars are exclusively manufactured from Ductile Iron to ASTM 65-45-12, which is virtually a 'semi-steel' and hot galvanized and are weldable. In comparison to unrated Cast Iron products, there may be a risk when used inappropriately in structural applications.

Our Star Washers are also specified in plans as Gib Plates, Hurricane Bolts, Pattress Plates, Masonry Restraints and Tie Backs.

We can provide you with all of the accessories such as rods, nuts, washers, plates and turnbuckles which you may require to complete the project.

Most Stars have a flat back and a 7/8" ID. The Hot Galvanized recommended accompaniments are : 3/4 Ogee Washer, 3/4 USS Flat Washer, 3/4-10 Heavy Hex Nut and 3/4-10 x 6' Threaded Rod. The 13" Stars require 1" hardware. All Stars have a thickness of 7/8", with the exception of the 13" Stars, which have a thickness of 2-1/2".

The most popular size is 7-1/2" (5 Point), although 5-1/2" (6 Point), 7" (5 Point), 9" (6 Point), 10-1/2" (5 Point), and 13" (5 Point) are also readily available.

ALL STARS ARE NOT THE SAME ! ... BE INFORMED ... KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.

Attention Engineers : Verify All Markings. Accept No Substitutes.