Can I use a piece of angle stock instead of a manufacturer’s clip?

You are not allowed to use the capacities listed for a manufacturer’s clip by cutting a similar shape out of angle stock. Using a cut angle stock for a clip will require that your engineer calculate its capacity. This calculated capacity will almost always be smaller than the capacity listed in a Manufacturer’s catalog. These values are determined by extensive testing. The use of cut angle stock, while allowed, will need to be checked by your engineer.