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>Dennis S. Wish PE wrote:
>> 1. Model the wall and design stem steel and
>> footing width for a
>> retaining wall,
>> 2. Model and provide stem steel for tension in
>> the face of the
>> wall as required for a pinned connection.
>Our engineers prefer to design this way also.
>Stan Johnson
>BS, EIT, OK, so it's not a bargain basement
>approach, but we hope that it will keep us from
>getting buried in lawsuits (not to mention shoring
>up our sense of professional integrity)  A couple
>of clients have gotten bent out of shape about it,
>but most don't banish us to the cellar for it.

I agree with and use this approach for most of the residential basement
walls we do...especially if I don't know the builder!

Joe McCormick