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Re: Hardy Frame - follow up

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Simpson has a new product that appears to be similar in purpose to the
Hardy Frame.  I don't have any details but it is a factory made wood
framed panel with hardware and (I believe) has an ICBO report.  

Dennis S. Wish wrote:
> 
> I have a project that I am seriously considering the use of Hardy Frame (see
> prior thread on this topic). Has anyone done any further follow-up on the
> product?  I have received their package and their disk. Are their any of you
> that have used it in residential construction in lieu of plywood shear
> walls.
> Primarily, I am looking for a comparison of material and labor costs for
> Hardy Frame compared to conventional plywood shear wall. I am also
> interested in any opinions about the Hardy Frame use to compensate for
> conventionally framed walls when consideration is taken for cutouts used for
> glass block, exhaust vents (such as swamp cooler exhausts) and other types
> of protrusions where the plates are not cut and only the finish is removed
> or interior studs removed for installation of these common items.
> You comments would be appreciated.
> Dennis Wish PE
>