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Are the studs straight to start with?

Thor Tandy  P.Eng  MCSCE
Victoria BC
Canada
vicpeng(--nospam--at)vtcg.com

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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
>writes:
>
><< ENGINEERS:
>
> 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
at
> the top about 1" in the middle.  All the rafters and ceiling beams are
tied
> on the wall with nails.
>
> The questions is DO WE NEED TO FIX IT OR DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT.  WHAT COULD
>BE
> THE PROBLEM IN THE FUTURE?  It is not easy to fix it or is there an easy
way
> 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
outside
>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
further
>displacement (other than the allowable deflection of the diaprhagm and
>shearwalls).
>With that said, a 1-inch displacement in an 8'-0" wall is, in my opinion,
not
>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
nails
>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.
>Dennis