Arrange the truss members on the ground. Measure plywood for the truss plates with the 16- foot steel tape and cut them out with the circular saw. The dimension of the plates depend on the size of the truss, but usually consist of 4 12-inch by 12-inch square plates for the top, bottom and sides and rectangular 12-inch by 4-inch or 6-inch plates depending on building materials used.
Lay the plywood truss plates at the connection of each truss. Arrange the truss plates to cover as much of each connecting member as possible.
Hammer the truss plates into place with five 6 d nails on each connecting member.
Repeat the procedure for all connections on one side of the truss.
Flip the truss over and repeat Steps 1 to 3.