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RE: Single Family Residence Plans & Construction

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>We have a contractor that the code allows to build based upon 
>conventional framing standards but who does not understand the 
>definition of a diaphragm or has probably never read the code 
>that he is expected to build from.
>
>There is something wrong with a code that assumes compliance by 
>a knowledgable builder but makes no provisions to insure that 
>the builder even understands what is written. 
>
>Dennis Wish PE


This is a great observation by Dennis.  This reinforces my opinion
that contractors should be liscensed more stringently, especially
in zones 3 and 4.

Joe McCormick