Connectors are steel components designed to connect and strengthen joints within the frame of a home. They are engineered to secure the skeleton of the house and increase its ability to resist seismic, wind and other forces. Joints secured with connectors are much stronger than joints secured only with nails (toe-nailed joints). Connectors come in all shapes and sizes. In fact there are thousands of connectors specially engineered for very specific applications, below is a list of the various categories.