Friday, December 18, 2009

INCAST Magazine is the trade publication of the Investment Castings Industry. Cable-tite anchor nut, cap and top plate are made using the investment casting method.

We are thrilled that the January issue has a case study on Cable-tite and how Precision Castings of Tennessee used investment casting to satisfy a need in the housing industry to meet and exceed construction codes.

Please look at our NEWS page for the entire article.

And.....thank you, INCAST!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Dale is on Cajun Contractor's Show ....again!

Thanks to Michael King for the excellent show and interview on Home Talk USA, Saturday Dec 12th. The show archive link is above. I was on the last half of the show, the second hour, if you'd like to listen. He and I talked about the need for hurricane and high wind uplift protection using Cable-tite to meet construction codes. He asked me about the anchor bolts and about using the tie-down system instead of cumbersome hurricane clips. This was my third appearance on the show.....thanks Michael for your belief in Cable-tite.

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Cajun Contractor

On December 12, 2009, Mike King, "The Cajun Contractor" will interview me on his show from 10:30-11:00 AM. This show is heard nationwide on over 350 stations and the shows are archived on the Internet at Michael King loves to introduce new and useful construction ideas to the marketplace. He researches the products for their claims and only invites people on his shows whose product he believes will perform.

I met Mike several months ago when he was reviewing hurricane tie down systems and high wind storm protection. He and I talked about the benefits of Cable-tite at the New Orleans Home Show. He was impressed with the continuous tie down of the cable from the top plate to the anchor bolts.

Saturday, Dec 12, he and I will discuss the need to use a pretension cable system rather than cumbersome threaded rods and labor intensive metal hurricane clips. Cable-tite is excellent as uplift protection in other high wind zones outside the hurricane regions. It exceeds the construction codes in all areas of the country.

Listen in!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tax Credits

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) lobbied for an extension of the "First Time Buyer New Home Tax Credit" and won!!!! The extension is through April 30, 2010. And there's a bonus to the bill. There is a tax credit for anyone who buys another home and has lived in their current one over 5 years. The first-time tax credit is $8000, and the repeat buyer tax credit is $6500.

This tax credit extension has a two-pronged affect. First, it will encourage those young first-time buyers to buy a home, either a new one or an existing one. They might not have otherwise made this purchase. A current home owner is encouraged to move to a new home now, that might have otherwise waited. These two factors create a demand on the surplus of new homes, and will remove them from the market. There has been a "pent-up" demand for over a year, and the extension of tax credits will help release it. The tax credit will bring the supply and demand closer together, for a more even flow in 2010.

Three cheers and a tip of the hat to NAHB!!!!! Thanks!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Product EXPO - October 22

Houston - The Product EXPO at the Sam Houston Racetrack on October 22 was an excellent success. Thanks so much to all the GHBA builders who came by and talked to me about hurricane tie downs and the Cabletite system for uplift protection. Mr. Jay Conner with MLAW Engineering in Austin helped me man the booth and was also thankful for those who came by the discuss windstorm engineering.

We had some displays available for demonstration of the cable attachment to the anchor bolts and the top plate and the vise that holds the cable. There were several who asked how the cable meets construction codes for high-wind areas. With it's 3200 lb hold-down strength, it far exceeds codes requirements, and is much more robust than hurricane clips. We look forward to working with several new home builders in the Houston area in the weeks and months ahead.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Fred Yate's home

A few days ago I re-visited Fred Yates home on Lake Park Drive. You might remember that we installed over 60 Cable-Tite in his new home in April. For whatever reason, he was just now closing the walls, which worked to our advantage. The Cable-Tite product had been installed approx 4 1/2 months. And every cable was still "cable-tight".

There's a lot of talk in the industry about accumulated compression. Cable-Tite does not have an issue with this problem. First of all, the cables were installed in his house about a month after framing, which we suggest for best results. But even so, accumulated compression will continue for 3-6 months after framing. There was no noticeable change in the pretensioned cables.

It confirmed our claim that there is no need for adjustment after installation. As you know, metal hurricane clips bend, bow, or loosen during accumulated compression. This issue is exaggerated by installing the clips the next day after framing, when there is no accumulated compression. Typical compression is between 1/4 and 3/8 per story. In a two-story house the metal clips at the sil plate could be bent as much as 1/2 inch. If so, the clips have lost much of their hold-down value. Threaded rods can be a better alternative, but they require an adjustment in the attic 4-6 months later, and maybe again a year later.

After my visit to Fred Yate's house I'm even more "sold" that Cable-Tite is the best high-wind and hurricane tie-down system available for uplift protection. And did I mention.....easy to install.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Be prepared

No one wants to face a hurricane, but we are in the midst of hurricane season, and we ought to "be prepared". Here are some tips I thought were helpful. Remember the best preparation is building a solid, sound home when it's sunny so it will withstand the hurricane. This includes Cable-Tite, the BEST in hurricane tie-down systems for high-wind uplift protection!!!

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reminds residents in hurricane-prone areas to monitor weather reports and to take time to prepare as storm activity increases in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

Now is the moment to take stock in determining what the needs are for your family and loved ones should conditions of these storms increase in intensity. Families should always have a disaster plan that includes kits with necessary supplies to last for at least three days. Weather systems such as the ones we are currently tracking can change their status quickly. It is just as important to stay informed about local weather conditions and pay attention to emergency information from state, local and tribal officials.

FEMA recommends taking these steps to prepare for hurricanes:
1. Develop a family disaster plan and know how to stay safe in a hurricane. Discuss what your family should do when a hurricane comes ashore and where you might go in an evacuation - to a shelter, hotel or to stay with family or friends. Don't forget about pets. Many shelters will not permit them, so plan in advance what to do with them.
2. Know and review your evacuation routes and never drive through high water.
3. Develop a family communication plan. Identify a friend or relative in another state or city to serve as a point of contact in case family members are separated.
4. Put together a disaster kit and store it in a portable container in case of evacuation. The kit should include:
At least a three-day supply of food and bottled water for each family member;
Battery-powered radio and flashlights with extra batteries;
First aid kit with family members' medications;
A manual can opener;
Emergency contact list and phone numbers;
Hygiene and personal care items;
Pet supplies;
Copies of important papers and
Emergency cash or credit card in the case of an evacuation with little notice.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Clipped to death!

Notice anything here????? Clips, straps, clips, straps, more clips, more straps. It's clipped to death. This house has so much metal it'll be destroyed in a magnet storm.

Notice the straps are bowed or buckled. Do you know why??? They were attached just after framing and prior to any accumulated compression, and either the nails become loose or the metal buckles when the weight of the house compresses and wood shrinks. You can imagine how "wonderful" the sheetrock looks!

There's a better way to have hurricane uplift protection. Cable-Tite. It's twice as robust, hidden in the walls, easy to install, sheetrock hangers love it, and holds up well in a heavy magnet storm.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

What is an upgrade worth?

What's an upgrade worth???

I see builders advertising features about their homes, and I ask why they have added features that cost them money? For example, they offer a super-duper dishwasher, when they could buy the cheaper contractor dishwasher. Why?

Obviously, there is value to an "upgrade". There is a real value and a perceived value. The extra $50 spent on the dishwasher will add $200 to the asking price of the house. But who knows the perceived value. The home buyer sees this upgrade along with others and perceives that the builder is concerned about building a better house. When there's a decision between homes, the one with the better perception wins! And the builder knows that.

What's the difference in upgrading the hurricane and high-wind uplift protection with cable tie-downs. Is the thought that this is unseen so it's un-important. This is an added feature that the builder can use as an asset to the home. He could have installed a "good" system, but he installed the best system, Cable-tite. Chances are there are other "hidden" features to the construction that can also be mentioned.

Don't be afraid of costs. Features cost money. But they also reap rewards. Features add a ROI much greater than the cost, both in real dollars and in perceived value. Realtors tell me all the time that a home that is built better is easier to sell. Builders.....don't be afraid to build better than you need to.

Monday, August 10, 2009

THANKS, Houston

THANKS to everyone who made me feel so welcome in Houston Aug 3-7, and to all those who had such interest in our Cable-tite hurricane tie-down system. I had the opportunity to meet a number of builders, both large and small. And everyone had a welcome and nice word to say about our high-wind uplift protection. I also met engineers who loved our system because it ties the house to the foundation with the anchor bolts.

A huge thanks to Lisa and D'Nita at GHBA. They were so helpful with suggestions about how they could help through GHBA. By my second visit, I felt right at home. Thanks for introducing me to so many people in the Houston home building market. We have volunteered to help and donate for the Benefit House, and want to participate in the upcoming Product Expo.

We are anxious to get started with projects in Houston. We will work with the developers/home builders any way needed to move forward with Cable-tite.

Monday, July 20, 2009

June housing starts UP

June housing starts are UP!!!!! According to economist Dr. Ken Mayland at ClearView Economics, the bottom for housing starts has been hit, and we are slowly rebounding back towards growth. New single family housing starts increased 3.6% in June, and forecast for 2009 have been increased by 8.7%. The recovery is underway!

It is particularly interesting to note this increase when foreclosures and existing home sales have increased in units and decreased in prices, making many bargains available to the buyer. Yet, new housing starts increased. This tells me that once the abundance of inventory is depleted, new housing is set to boom.

Don't forget Cable-Tite when you plan your new house. It's the most robust hurricane and high-wind tie-down system available. It exceeds construction codes by offering a continuous anchor from the foundation to the top plate for uplift protection.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Building beyond codes

Quite often I meet with builders to explain Cable-Tite's superior hurricane and high-wind tie-down systems, and they will respond that it's more than code requires. Some say it directly, and some hint....but the response is this, "I'm only going to do what the code says".

I call that "minimum building". Meet the code, and get an occupancy permit. The code itself is minimum. The code says this is what you have to do "at a minimum" to get final approval. The minimum applies to foundations, framing, windows, insulation, flooring, roofing, HVAC systems, ovens, garage doors.....every aspect of the home, just the minimum. So, in a majority of homes across America, we live in houses built just good enough to get by.

My challenge to the builders is to build beyond the codes. Do more than just get by. Build the house YOU would live in, or one you'd build for your grand kids. There are many building techniques that add just a little to the overall cost, whether building a $100,000 house, or a $1,000,000 one. The home you are selling is for that family's protection against the elements....heat, cold, rain, snow, fire, or wind. Build tighter, build greener, build stronger. It's not just a good idea, it's a moral responsibility.

And home buyers, I challenge you to grill the builder. Ask questions about all aspects of the house. The builder will impress you with the kitchen cabinets, but look beyond that. If you aren't sure what questions to ask, get a trusted friend who understands construction to ask them for you. This house is for your family, so make certain you are comfortable living there when the elements are raging.

Some builders are an inspiration because they understand building is not just about making a profit. They build with respect to the family who will live there, and their well-being, and then, yes....make a profit.

....insist on building beyond codes!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Lunch at LA House - July 9

A huge "THANK YOU" to Dr. Claudette Reichel and Margaret Pierce at the LA House on campus at LSU for letting us use the facility for the builders "Lunch and Learn" on Thurs, July 9. Excellent jambalaya!!! by LSU catering.

And thanks to all the builders who attended. It was GREAT to meet you.

I appreciated the opportunity to present Cable-Tite and explain how it works to meet construction codes in the high wind regions, like Baton Rouge. I had some samples of how the cable attaches to the anchor bolts and ties down the roof, the perfect hurricane tie-down system. There were a lot of questions about uplift protection since codes are soon to be changed to reflect high wind construction.

Again, thanks to all!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Baton Rouge Luncheon

On July 9, we are hosting a luncheon at the LA House on the campus of LSU for anyone who is available to come. It will be a lunch and learn session. I will have several displays of the Cable-Tite system for you to see, and explain how it works. One of the most exciting things for you might be our Partner Program, which I will discuss. It's a way to get started with Cable-Tite in your next project at a savings, and to establish a long term relationship with us for promotions.

Seating is limited, so please call for reservations. 615-451-9080

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

News for the week!

There's more exciting news this week.......

1. Precision Castings of Tennessee (PCT) , our parent company, was the feature business of the month of June for the Gallatin Economic Development Agency Go to this link and read all about us! Thanks to Clay Walker and Shirley Smith for selecting us.

2. "The Cajun Contractor" - Home Talk with Michael King, which airs across the country on 350+ stations, will feature Cable-tite Saturday at 10:00 AM, and again at 3:30. Tune in if you can, or listen on the web at and click on LISTEN LIVE in the upper right corner.

3. We had an excellent meeting with two prospective customers, Adam Pittman at Weyerhauser and Lynn Taylor at Taylor Made Plans.

Adam was impressed with our hurricane tie-down system that uses cables for uplift protection. He was impressed that they replace the troublesome threaded rods. He intends to pass our name along and recommend us for new home construction to contractors he knows all over the south.

Lynn does excellent historical looking new home designs and sells them online at She is an excellent resource too. She twitters often at If you'll sign up, she will keep you informed of many new products as they hit the market.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Look at the porch now!!!

I thought you'd like to see the progress that's been made in last few weeks on the porch. Remember I blogged earlier about the telajack posts and Cable-tite working together. The Telajack is holding the porch up, and the Cable-Tite is holding it down. They work together inside the columns.
The columns are finished now and look terrific. The Telajack and Cable-Tite are totally enclosed so you never see them again. But Fred Yates knows they are there when the storm's high winds come across the lake, and he's glad they are there. They are securely anchored.
I have a ton of photos showing the column construction. This is not only necessary to hold the roof up and down, but cost effective and easy. Try it on your next project!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

WZTV Fox Channel 17 broadcast

WZTV FOX 17 Nashville produced an EXCELLENT news story on Cable-Tite for Monday night's 9 PM newscast. Erika Lathon did a good job of understanding our company and then telling middle Tennessee about it. She told about our hurricane tie-down system and how it protected against high-wind uplift.

She interviewed Fred Yates, who offered an excellent testimonial about Cable-tite. You can click on this link and see the news clip.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Video online

The video from June 2 NEWS on Nashville station WSMV, Channel 4 is available by clicking this link. Alan Frio did an excellent job!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

"this device could help save you home" Learn more at 6

THANKS!!!!!! to WSMV Channel 4 for their report on Cabletite for the 6 o'clock news today, June 2. We were very excited that Mr. Alan Frio and Josh Winstead took the time to interview me and Andrew for the NEWS. This report will air at 6 on Nashville Channel 4. In a few days we will have the video on our website. They came to Fred Yates home which has 70 cabletite's installedHe asked me about the benefits of Cable-tite and the uplift protection that the tie-downs provide.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Porch/Deck tie-down applications

Recently we were asked to provide hurricane tie-downs for uplift protection for a customer's deck as shown above. There is no place to sit our top plate, like the 2x4 top plate in stud wall construction. Our engineers offered two solutions.

1. Photo one shows that you can drill a 3/8" hole upwards between the two 2x12s and then drill a 1" wide by 4" deep hole for the cable vise to sit. This meets the IBC codes and maintains out hold-down values. But before you drill through a support beam check with your local codes to make sure there's no variance in codes.

2. A easier and better solution is to use a cable bale and yoke to hold the cable vise in place, as seen in photo two. It is a simple, easy, and quick method to wrap the support rafter and hang the vise. The cable is extra high strength, so you will not lose any hold-down value. If you have a shorter or smaller span, you may have only one 2 x 12 or 2 x 10 so you will need the cable bale.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Building Site Lunch HUGE success!

May 19, 2009 - The lunch open house at 931 Lake Park Drive hosted by Cable-Tite and Fred Yates Homes was a HUGE success. It was attended by other builders, architects, designers, inspectors, and community leaders. The purpose of this lunch was to aquaint the local community of builders and home owners with our Cable-Tite system. It is a tie-down system that attaches to the anchor bolt and the top plate. It's designed to secure the house from high-wind uplift caused by straight line winds or hurricane force winds in high-wind regions.
The house has 61 Cable-Tite systems installed in the walls and everyone enjoyed walking around and seeing them first hand. And "twang-ing" the cables. It's easy to see how this eliminates the need for all those time consuming and labor intensive hurricane clips and tie-downs other anchor systems require.
The house also has 38 Telajack posts, featured in the basement and on the deck. Cable-Tite and Telajack work together inside columns because one is holding the roof up and the other holding it down.
Above photo shows the Cable-Tite boys in yellow and Mr. Fred Yates. Everyone has profited in the partnership.
The house is still available for inspection for a couple more weeks, for anyone that missed our event and has a desire to see it. Please don't drop me or Fred first. Call me 451-9080 I'm happy to give you a tour, but strawberry pie! (you really missed something there)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May 19th

A new date has been set for the open house at Fred Yates custom built home. It is May 19, 2009 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at 931 Lake Park Drive, Gallatin, TN

Cable-Tite is launching the robust hold-down cable system at this house. It secures the top plate to the foundation and offers high wind uplift protection. This adds peace of mind in an area of strong shear winds.

This house has 61 Cable-Tite tie down systems in it. The walls are open so you can see the installation. You will see how easy it is to install from the anchors to the vises, cables, and top plate.

There will be engineers at the site this day to explain our system and answer any questions.

A nice lunch is planned, FREE, us an let us know if you plan to attend so we can have plenty of food.

We all look forward to meeting you.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Change for April 30th reception

UNcircle April 30th. We have changed the date for the builder's reception until sometime later in May. The hurricane tie-down system by Cable-tite is installed, but there are some other features we want to show that will not be completed in time for April 30th reception. Please keep watch and we will re-post as soon as we have a firm date.

Monday, April 13, 2009

APRIL 30 - Circle that date!!!! We are currently working to complete the Cable-Tite system for our Lake Park Drive test house. Mr. Fred Yates has agreed to open his house to builders, contractors, and inspectors to show the robust hurricane tie down system we've installed in his house. And the best part.......lunch is provided.

If you'd like to see this exciting new anchoring system, then you'd be welcome to attend. Please let us know so we can "throw another cup of water in the soup" Thursday, April 30 11:30AM-1:00 PM

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Cable-Tite testing

Do you remember the commercial of Dennis Green in a press conference and he says "they are who we thought they were". Well, we've just finished testing our Cable-Tite system at Smith Emery Labs in Los Angeles, and they certified our own in-house test results, confirming that "we are what we thought we were". YEAH!!!!!!!

When we get the "official" certified test results, we will post them on our website, but for now, the uplift protection is 6900 lbs. The failure was in the cable, not the cast parts. So, if you needed more than that in hold down value, we could change to 3/8" or 1/2" cable. Our cast anchor nut and cap looked like they'd never been used.

Once again, we are excited that the hurricane uplift protection of Cable-tite is greater than hurricane tie-down clips or threaded rods. We exceed construction codes, and now we have the data to back up that claim!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

NOLA very successful!!!

THANKS!!!! to everyone who made me SOOOO welcome at the New Orleans Home Show this past weekend. I underestimated the amount of friendliness. A special thanks to Mike Zalaznik, Randy Noel, David Sansone, Ann Christian, Jeff and all the staff of HBA and the staff at the SuperDome. You couldn't have been nicer and more welcoming. The people in the booths around me at 817 were also very nice. I made a ton of friends in New Orleans, and I appreciate it very much.

But the real reason the show was so successful was the attendees who loved our Cable-tite system for high wind protection as a great alternative to hurricane clips for the hurricane tie down systems and threaded rods. One man told me that he and a helper spent 5 days installing threaded rods. A builder hated the metal straps because the were in the way of the sheetrock. The inspectors from IBTS loved the system, as did several engineers and home owners. YEAH!

Saturday morning I went to the top of the Dome, and took this photo. Our booth is the in the center. It's an 8' x 8' stud building, with two men standing inside (not me....I was taking the photo) "kicking the tires."

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dow and Home Sales Up

Good News for a change. On Monday Mar 23, the Dow-Jones Industrial Average shot up nearly 500 points. Part of the reason was the news released by the National Board of Realtors that home sales had increased. There currently is an over inventory of existing homes. When this inventory decreases, new housing starts will begin to move forward.

For those of us in new housing construction, this is a glimmer of hope that perhaps the bottom has been reached and there will be upward movement on demand for new housing. Of course some areas will recover faster than others, but the general feeling is that there is optimism for the last half of 2009, and more in 2010.

In a day of continual bad news.....let's celebrate this good news story.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


I am often asked how the Cable-Tite system compares with other systems. My first answer is that it's so much better there isn't even a comparison....ha! But seriously.....some of you want to know. So here's my answer:

There are three types of tie-down systems being marketed: the galvanized metal fasteners, threaded rods, and cables. Cable-Tite is a system that outshines all three in ease, cost, and efficiency.

The galvanized metal connectors are the most poplar because of price and they are readily available at most lumber suppliers, Lowes, and Home Depot. They are time consuming to install because they require many nails. They are only as strong as the weakest point, which in most cases is about ½ the strength of the wood. They satisfy the minimum requirements for codes approvals.

For the better builders, the threaded rods seem to be used more frequently. They are even more time consuming to install than the connectors because the rods must be exactly straight to be secured tightly. The rods are not flexible. They need to be ordered prior to construction if lengths are greater than normal inventory, and cut on-site. Since there are several parts to the threaded rod system, care needs to be taken to order all the pieces to install correctly. There are some problems with accumulated compression, and in order to address it in 2 or 3 story applications, those connectors are expensive.

There are some cable tie-down systems. They require advance ordering because they are cut to length, and are a time consuming installation. They require expensive epoxy glue and 24+ hour wait. The systems have little room for error in lengths.

The Cable-Tite tie-down system uses the patented cam locking cap and vise that is easy to install, flexible in lengths, and cost efficient. It requires no pre-order. It can be installed in minutes by your own crews. Since cable is cut to length on-site, it is adaptable to any ceiling height. There are no bulky parts to store. And, it exceeds codes requirements with over twice the uplift protection. It is simple to order because the same 5 parts fit all applications.

Monday, March 9, 2009

New Orleans Home Show

We are excited to announce that we'll be exhibiting at the New Orleans Home Show, March 26-29, at the SuperDome. Booth 817. We will be featured in the "What's New" section of the show. On Thursday evening we will be host to a Builders reception for all members of the New Orleans Home Builders Associttion - HBA-GNO. Please visit us there and see our complete hurricane tie-down system for securing home in a continuous tie-down from roof to foundation. It is the best and strongest uplife protection you can have. Come see how much easier it is than conventional hurricane clips and threaded rods.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Update on Beta House

We visited the Yates beta house today and....WOW.....framers move fast!!! Most of the stud walls were up. They notched out for the anchor nuts which will attach to the anchor bolts as we continue updating you on the hurricane tie-down system we're installing in his home.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Beta House

Mr. Fred Yates of Fred Yates Home has agreed to a beta test for the new home he's constructing for himself on Lake View Dr, Gallatin. We will keep you posted on the developments of the house. Here's today's look. The first step for installing our hurricane tie-down system is to screw the anchor nut to the existing anchor bolt. It can be done now to secure the sill plate, or later when installing the complete system. Even though Gallatin Tennessee isn't in the hurricane zone, Mr. Yates home is on the lake which in prone to high winds. This high wind uplift protection will add less than 1/2 of one percent to the cost of his home.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Cable-Tite's first BLOG......

Hello, and welcome to Cable-Tite blog. This will keep you updated on all the latest news from the soon-to-be leader in hurricane tie-down anchors systems.

Cable-Tite started in 2007 when we were discussing the various hurricane clips and tie-down systems used to anchor home roofs to the foundations, currently on the market. Our engineers designed and patented a locking cap as seen on the website. The problem with other systems was the complex way of ordering correct parts, or the difficult way to install them properly. We've got a better "mouse trap"

We spent over a year testing and developing the product and final designs were first shown at the Nashville Home Show February, 2009. T-Rex stopped by to wish us well.