Hardy Tie-Down System

Hardy Tie-Downs are engineered for maximum material and labor efficiency to provide the most economical system in the industry.



The Hardy Tie-Down design was the first in the industry to provide a continuous load path for uplift that perpetually adjusts its connections to the floor system as the building deforms. The system is engineered, tested, and code evaluated to perform. It continues to be an innovative leader in the multi-story building industry.

  • Works for the life of the building.
  • Limits story drifts in multi-story buildings.
  • Engineered for maximum material and labor efficiency.
  • Provides the most economical system in the industry.
  • Accepted by building departments nation-wide.
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Hardy Tie-Down System


Cinch Nut is a shrinkage compensating take-up device that keeps connections of Hardy Tie-Down runs tight to the floor framing members when shrinkage and compression of wood fibers occur. The Cinch Nut uses an internal self-ratcheting action that permits movement, or “travel” perpetually in one direction along the length of a threaded rod. When connected to the floor framing, the Cinch Nut travels down the Z-Rod with the building as it shrinks and compresses.

  • Features perpetual ratcheting along the length of a threaded rod that is not limited like the energy stored in a spring loaded device.
  • Simple, one-time installation that does not require pin or screw activation after the building is loaded.
  • CNX models are matched to the rod diameter specified for optimal tolerances.
  • CODE REPORTS: ESR-2190, LA City RR 25623, FL 17456 Florida Building Code – Building, Florida Building Code Residential


Bearing Plate Washers (BPW) are the interface between the Hardy Tie-Down System and the level of the building being anchored to the foundation. As the floor system is pulled upward by shear wall over-turning forces, pressure is applied to the BPW/CNX assembly and transferred into the Z-Rod/all thread rod (ATR).

  • The required bearing area is based on the design uplift to minimize crushing of the wood
  • The plate thickness must be sufficient that bending does not limit the capacity of the system.
  • The wood species is also a factor when sizing. The pounds per square inch (psi) of compression cannot exceed the allowable compression perpendicular to the grain of the wood species it is bearing on.


The Anchor Tie is a structural component designed for connecting Hardy Tie-Down Runs to steel members. Anchor Ties are fabricated from ASTM Grade A36 steel plate and include a pre-welded nut, making the Tie-Down connection quick and easy. Common applications include connecting to steel plates at concrete decks and steel beams where Hardy Tie-Down runs terminate.

  • When installing at concrete decks, steel plates are designed by the Engineer of Record to resist the uplift loads.
  • After concrete is poured, the AT is welded to the plate and a threaded rod is connected to the Anchor Ties’ pre-welded nut enabling the Tie-Down Run from above to attach.
  • Steel beam installations are designed by the EOR.
  • The Anchor Tie is welded to the beam prior to floor framing then attachment of the threaded rod and Tie-Down Run completes the installation.


The Hardy Tie-Down System begins by connecting the first level Z-Rod to the hold down anchor in the foundation with a Coupler. At upper levels Couplers are used to connect Z-Rods end to end to create a continuous load path. Reducers are Couplers that connect two Rods that are different diameters.


The “T2” is a steel tube with a steel end plate welded to one end designed to transfer tension forces with a single concentric hold-down device.

Sandwiched Installations are made by through bolting two wood members with a T2 between. The tube is then attached to a threaded rod to transfer the tension loads.