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H. L. Goeller Bridge Cleats

Goeller Cleats for Bridges with Timber Floors

Our standard HED Cleats are designed for use with 6 to 10 inch I-Beams. The Cleat is also a perfect fit for 7 and 8 inch beams and the elliptic hole allows adjustment on slightly smaller or larger beams. This adjustment feature eliminates a need to stock special sizes for seldom used size beams.

 

HED Bridge Cleats Conform to US State Highway Specifications

County Engineers and Highway Supervisors have used Goeller HED Bridge Cleats for many years to lay plank and strip flooring on steel beams.  The Cleats clip to the beams and channels and when nailed to wood members, the flooring is anchored securely to the joist system.  Application of cleats to each beam ties every plank and when completed, a solid slab floor is created.  All timbers are snug and tight against each other and the whole bridge structure is strengthened and stiffened.  Beam resistance is added in the joist system through increased lateral support.

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HED Bridge Cleats Installation Photos

HED Cleats are applied at every plank and each stringer. Be sure each plank lies evenly on all joists and against the others. Check frequently with level. If this is done double point nails will protrude exactly straight and will fit easily into the next plank and this plank against the others.

When using edge set 2 X 4 boards, place HED Cleat on every stringer and on every sixth 2 X 4 board. Use plenty of nails for the in-between 2 X 4 board’s. Be sure to nail through at least two at a time and into the next one.

Here, each plank or 2 X 4 is fitted to the other. If your double point nails have been driven straight and each plank lies evenly, you can butt one tight and firm against the preceding plank.
HED Cleats are also widely used with 3″ X 4″ and 4″ X 4″ Strip Flooring. The use of HED Double Point Nails are optional with this type of flooring.
Here is a simple application of HED Cleats. When they are placed like this, lateral play in eliminated.

Typical Cleat Installation

Bridge Cleats are very economical as well as practical. Thousands are used, and have been for many years on bridges. Wherever wood is placed on steel beams, you will find UDC Cleats, for wood roof construction, decking, temporary scaffolding as well as bridges.

You will find a Driving Tool packed with double pointed nails.

UDC Cleats are applied at every plank and each stringer.  Be sure each plank lies evenly on all joists and against the others.  Check frequently with a level.  If this is done correctly, the double point nails will protrude exactly straight and will fit easily into the next plank, and this plank against the others.

When using edge set 2 X 4’s, place UDC Cleat on every stringer and on every sixth 2 X 4. Use plenty of nails for the in-between 2 X 4’s.  Be sure to nail through at least two at a time and into the next one.

Figure 4 illustrates the simple application of UDC Cleats. When they are placed like this, lateral play is eliminated.

Note that only a holding nail is used in the elliptical hole. This should be a #8 or #10-penny or as large a nail as will fit. Use only two double point nails with each Cleat.

Illustration shows how to fit one plank or 2 X 4 into the other. If your double point nails have been driven straight and each plank lies evenly, you can butt one tight and firm against the preceding.

We suggest using 4″ double point nails where green or partially dry plank is used. They are a little harder to drive, but are worth while because of shrinkage and drawing away of the plank.

Typical Cleat Design

  • 17 Cleat Patterns
  • 11 or 12 Gauge
  • Galvanizing Available
  • Fits I-Beam or Wide Flange
  • Call for complete Cleat Specifications…

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