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-----Original Message-----
From: T <vicpeng(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Saturday, September 05, 1998 11:56 AM
Subject: Re: 3/8 inch shear panels

>It would be ethically correct to contact the engineer and discuss your
>point before going to the Client.  In Canada we are obliged to inform
>the engineer that we have been retained to review his/her work.
>Personally I find it professionally and humanely better to first review
>the discrepancies with the engineer.  The engineer may then, on his/her
>own recognizance  "rectify" or revise the details to conform with the
>third-party input.  No-one gets "pissed off" (unless there is a battle
>of wills) and the resulting design may be improved.
>Thor Tandy   
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Ricarev(--nospam--at) <Ricarev(--nospam--at)>
>To: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
>Date: Thursday, September 03, 1998 4:29 PM
>Subject: 3/8 inch shear panels
>>For additional quality assurance purposes,a client has requested that
>>review plans performed by another engineer for his new residence in
>>Monica.Personally,since Northridge,we have used City of LA shear wall
>>requirements for all projects in or near LA County.Our dilemna is that
>>this particular project,the engineer specified 3/8 inch Struct I
>plywood w/8d
>>@ 2 in o.c. for studs at 16 in o.c. Thus under the 1994 UBC,this
>>to a shear value of 730 plf which is almost quadruple that amount
>allowed by
>>LA (200 plf).So although the design is legally correct for this
>>jurisdiction,it just doesn't seem right.Do we have a legal or moral
>>to inform the owner and piss off the other engineer?Your feedback is
>>Ricardo Arevalo S.E.