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Re: Rigid vs Flexible residential diaphragm discussion

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In a message dated 8/5/99 8:50:43 AM, Seaintonln(--nospam--at) writes:
>The wood and seismology 
>committee (and board of directors) will not be likely to act upon the 
>passionate arguments of a few if they do not believe that the concerns
>are universal. 

Why does this have to be a popularity contest?  Isn't it enough for just one 
person to stand up and make a cogent argument that "The King has no 
clothes!"?  So far I have heard many people state that they do not know of a 
reasonable way to analyze a building with a supposedly rigid but unblocked 
plywood diaphragm--and NO ONE saying they know how to do it.  Using a 
stab-in-the-dark method such as 2.5 times blocked diaphragm deflection 
offends this engineer who has always believed that our work should strive for 
at least 5% accuracy.  

Ralph Hueston Kratz, S.E.
Richmond CA