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RE: Simpson Strong Wall (Prefab OSB Shear Walls)

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I have specified the Hardy Frame system on a current custom home project
here in the Coachella Valley. The more I learned about the system, the more
excited I am to try it out. It is different from the Simpson system. The
ICBO reports are completed as is the City of L.A. Worksheets. There are a
few glitches that need creative engineering solutions, but as far as shear
transfer and resistance to uplift, I believe the system to be very good.
I would be interested in other opinions. I have read all of the test data
and the ICBO reports. It seems to satisfy the conditions expected by most
building departments.
I am also interested in Simpson's system, but have yet to receive any
information other than what was published in SEAOSC monthly newsletter.
Dennis Wish PE

> -----Original Message-----
> From: MRodrig273(--nospam--at) [mailto:MRodrig273(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Sunday, July 12, 1998 12:57 AM
> To: seaoc(--nospam--at); Brad Friederichs
> Subject: Re: Simpson Strong Wall (Prefab OSB Shear Walls)
> At Cal Poly, Simpson gave a little introduction to them.  It looked really
> sturdy and nice.  The only problem that I see is the bending that
> is going to
> occure in the anchor bolts.  If anyone has seen these, the bottom
> plate has a
> slot in them where the anchor bolts are placed in order to adjust
> the shear
> walls in place.  On top of the bottom plate is a square metal
> plate that is
> screwed on all four corners to the bottom plate in which the
> anchor bolts are
> bolted on top of these plates.  With this slot in the bottom
> plate, there is a
> 1 1/2" cantilever from the foundation that the anchor bolts have
> to resist.
> If anyone has any solutions to this please forward them to me.  Thanks
> Marlou