Are the studs straight to start with?
Thor Tandy P.Eng MCSCE
From: Seaintonln(--nospam--at)aol.com <Seaintonln(--nospam--at)aol.com>
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 1999 9:02 PM
Subject: Re: STRUCTURAL QUESTION
>In a message dated 6/22/99 8:21:43 PM Pacific Daylight Time, TahirQ(--nospam--at)AOL.COM
> I have a 30'x30' wood structure. There are 3 walls 2 exterior and one
> interior to support rafters and ceiling beams.
> The problem is one of the exterior 8' high wall is tilted(bowed) out side
> the top about 1" in the middle. All the rafters and ceiling beams are
> on the wall with nails.
> The questions is DO WE NEED TO FIX IT OR DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT. WHAT COULD
> THE PROBLEM IN THE FUTURE? It is not easy to fix it or is there an easy
> to fix it.
> Any suggestions will be appreciated.
> TAHIR >>
>Was the wall erected out of plumb or is it bowed (more typical of wood
>construction). It is typical to place the crown side of studs on the
>face of wall and shim the interior to create a flat wall surface. However,
>this rarely every places a wall out of plumb.
>I have designed walls for architectural purposes that are tilted ourward 15
>degrees. You need to consider the horizontal reaction and insure that it is
>properly tied to the structure and there is sufficient resistance to
>displacement (other than the allowable deflection of the diaprhagm and
>With that said, a 1-inch displacement in an 8'-0" wall is, in my opinion,
>going to generate sufficient force from the weight of the wall to cause a
>problem. However, aesthetically, I would repair the wall by cutting the
>that secure the joists and blocking to the wall, plumb the wall and secure
>the blocking and joists back in place.
>The ability to do this is, admittedly, determined by accessiblity and the
>degree of finish which your information does not provide.
>Hope this helps.