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p.p.s.
This thread seems to have brought out a few lurkers.  I see a few new names.

*I* didn't realize that there were so many non-CA subscribers.  Glad to have
y'all join in.

Lew
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-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis S. Wish <wish(--nospam--at)cwia.com>
To: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org <seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org>
Date: Wednesday, May 06, 1998 7:59 PM
Subject: RE: Question for East Coast Engineers


>Lew, where is the prescriptive method for the design of headers? Someone
>threw this at me a few weeks ago and I never even considered that most
>contractors are building headers by rule of thumb. Does this suddenly put
>any structure into a non-compliance with conventional framing? Section
>2326.11.6 of the '94 UBC only specifies the width of headers and the
minimum
>amount of bearing at the ends. It does not state where the prescriptive
>measure for the depth of the headers can be found.
>Any comments?
>Dennis
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: Lew Midlam [mailto:Lew.Midlam(--nospam--at)lcm.com]
>Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 1998 3:28 PM
>To: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org
>Subject: Re: Question for East Coast Engineers
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: Mike Brown <mike.brown(--nospam--at)cshqa.com>
>To: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org <seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org>
>Date: Wednesday, May 06, 1998 5:51 PM
>Subject: Re: Question for East Coast Engineers
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> The building officials should require engineering for
>>the houses that do not meet current conventional construction before
>issuing
>>a permit
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>[Lew]
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>This is exactly what is now being done throughout Florida.  A contractor
can
>apply for a permit, without engineering (for residences), using the code's
>'prescriptive' design, but they have to identify hold-downs, anchors,
>sheathing, door & window jambs & anchors, anchors, etc, etc. ; and submit
>pre-fab assemblies (such as roof trusses) fully designed, and with an
>engineer's seal.  And if anything is out of the norm (today's norm, not the
>way they've "always done it") then engineering is required.  Most, if not
>all, of the building departments are enforcing this approach.
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>As I said in a previous post, Florida has learned its lesson.  Seismic
>zone=0,  Wind zone='way up there'.
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>Lew Midlam, PE
>http://www.lcm.com
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