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- From: Tim McCormick <TMCCORMI(--nospam--at)BAS.CI.LA.CA.US>
- Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 15:15:16 -0700
Los Angeles is currently working on revising its requirements for use of plywood shear walls on steel stud framing. You may now design them according to the requirements of the 1997 UBC Tables 22-VIII-A,B,C. These tables limit you to 18 and 20 gage studs. Fasteners are #8 x 1 inch with flat heads. Compass International has COLA RR on the approved screws. A new memo will be issued soon. Contact Stuart Tom @ 213-580-1154. Side note: Design the framing at 24 inch o.c. to reduce the effects of heat loss if you're in a residential building. Otherwise you may cost the owner extra money on thicker rigid insulation on the exterior walls due to CA State energy code limits. Because tracks are not structural (unless you design them to be), all members in the vertical load path must stack. Common mistakes also include the omission of stiffeners at supports and bracing on both sides of the walls to match axial load assumptions by the manufacturer. This latter condition occurs in attics. You must also specify the steel framing manufacturer because allowable values can vary and there are no "code tables" like wood for framing members. Lateral load path design, particularly at diaphragm to shear wall connections requires special detailing. Site inspections show common errors and omissions on these elements (like wood). Plan on long structural observations. Tim McCormick, P.E. Training Officer City of Los Angeles, Building & Safety
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