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Simpson Strong-Tie says its KBS1Z Knee-Brace Stabilizer makes a structural connection between knee braces and columns or beams. Installed with nails, the connectors help stabilize freestanding structures so they comply with deck-bracing requirements such as those in the American Wood Council’s “Prescriptive Residential Deck Construction Guide.” The braces are factory-formed from 16-gauge steel at 45°—but can be bent to a different angle—and are treated with Simpson’s ZMAX galvanized coating (1.85 ounces of zinc per square foot). Simpson Strong-Tie, 800.925.5099,