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RE: Hardy Frame, between code changes

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Am I the only one in the dark reading this?  Could someone give us a
Reader's Digest summary of what a Hardy Frame is?  Looks like it is a
proprietary product used in wood framed construction for shear resistance.
It appears interesting and useful, but before we all start calling this guy
for literature it would be nice to understand its application.  Thanks.

Kent Estes

	From:  Jeff Smith[SMTP:smthengr(--nospam--at)]
	Sent:  Friday, March 27, 1998 1:48 PM
	To:  seaoc(--nospam--at)
	Subject:  Re: Hardy Frame, between code changes

	To add to the conundrum, I spoke with the SF building department,
who at
	this time are doing very little regarding the seismic issues related
to the
	SF version of the 97 UBC. If I understood correctly, they basically
	until the state adopts the code this summer, then wait 180 days and
	allow another 6 months grace period for printing (and reprinting
	corrections). Then there is still the issue of SF amendments that
	have language for exceptions as they relate to existing buildings.
	engineer I spoke with said for all he knew the State Code could end
	modifying the 2:1 aspect ratio that is in the 1997 UBC.

	I spoke with Gary Hardy at Hardy Frame 1 800 754 3030 and he is
sending me a
	their info. ICBO report and a disk with their CAD details. As
mentioned he
	said that they are using their product in San Jose for about 200
units. He
	said that holdown uplift values are over 20kips.
	Jeff Smith