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VertiClip® SLD w/ 3" Slots

US Patents #5,467,566 & #5,906,080

VertiClip® SLD connects the interior drywall studs at the head condition (top of wall) to the deck or primary frame while allowing for a total vertical deflection of up to 3” (1 ½” up and 1 ½” down). The standard bushing placement is 2” from the top of the slot and allows the structure to settle ½” prior to typical service. VertiClip’s unique design provides both an anti-friction and anti-seizure connection between the clip and the stud web surface thereby preventing a transfer of vertical forces into drywall partition wall framing, which is not designed to support axial loads. VertiClip SLD is a component in VertiTrack® VTD, TSN’s pre-assembled deflection track.


  • Load-rated positive mechanical attachment at each stud.
  • Meets all building code criteria.
  • Eliminates loose friction-held track assemblies.
  • Utilizes only certified, 50ksi steel.
  • Load rated screws provided for each VertiClip.
  • Step Bushings pre-installed for accurate placement.
  • Adaptable for Multiple Configurations
  • Top of wall bridging or strapping is eliminated.
  • 25ga top track is lightweight for easy handling.
  • Utilizes clips for wall layout.
  • Eliminates temporary screws.
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Product Information


Material Composition

ASTM A1003/A1003M Structural Grade 50 (340) Type H, ST50H (ST340H): 50ksi (340MPa) minimum yield strength, 65ksi (450MPa) minimum tensile strength, 33mil minimum thickness (20 gauge, 0.0346" design thickness) with ASTM A653/A653M G60 (Z180) hot dipped galvanized coating.

The attachment of VertiClip to the primary structure may be made with a PAF or weld and is dependent upon the base material (steel or concrete) and the design configuration.

1. Attach standard leg runner track to deck.
2. Attach VertiClip SLD to deck (through track).
3. Attach VertiClip through Step Bushings to wall studs with self-drilling screws provided.
Order Information
Designation Qty/Box Lbs/Box Qty/Skid Lbs/Skid
SLD362/400,s3lg,b2d 200 45 9,000 2,025
SLD600,s3lg,b2d 100 40 4,500 1,800
SLD800,s3lg,b2d 50 25 4,500 2,250


VertiClip® SLD with 3" deflection is designated by type (SLD), followed by stud depth in inches multiplied by 100, slot length (s “length in inches” lg), and bushing placement (b “distance from top of slot in inches” d).

Example: 6” deep stud, 3” slot, bushings 2” down from top of slot
Designate: VertiClip® SLD600,s3lg,b2d

VertiClip® SLD w/ 3" Deflection, Recommended Allowable Load (lbs): F2
Stud SLD362, s3lg,b2d SLD600, s3lg,b2d SLD800, s3lg,b2d
Thickness Mils (ga) Yield Strength (ksi) w/2 #8 Screws w/2 #8 Screws w/3 #8 Screws
18 (25) 33 132 132 132
27 (22) 33 185 242 243
30 (20 - Drywall) 33 185 242 251
33 (20 - Structural) 33 185 242 251
33 (20) 50 185 242 251
43 (18) 33 185 242 251
43 (18) 50 185 242 251
54 (16) 33 185 242 251
54 (16) 50 185 242 251
Maximum Allowable Clip Load 185 242 251


  • Meets criteria for IBC 2009, 2012. Factor of Safety calculated according to ICC-ES AC261 and section F1 of AISI S100-07
  • Fasten within ¾" from the angle heel to minimize eccentric load transfer.
  • VertiClip SLD series is designed to support horizontal loads and should not be used in axial-load-bearing wall construction.
  • Total vertical deflection of up to 3" (1½" up and 1½" down).
  • The standard bushing placement is 2" from the top of the slot and allows the structure to settle ½" prior to typical service.
  • Allowable loads have not been increased for wind, seismic, or other factors.
  • #8 screws are provided with each pre-installed step bushing.
  • Tests performed with bushings centered in the 3" slots.

Load Direction


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