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RE: Basement wall restraint by wood

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Jeffery Seegert wrote:

. > I've very familiar with cross grain bending but what is cross grain
. > tension and is it suppose to be different than regular tension?

Cross grain tension is tension perpendicular to the grain --- the same thing 
that causes problems in cross grain bending (tension perp. to grain).

Restriction on cross grain tension is "hidden" under "Tension Members" in 
1991 NDS Section 3.8.2.

Failure in cross grain tension has been observed in ledgers where face 
mounted joist hangers have been installed below the line of bolts that attach 
the ledger to a masonry/concrete wall.

A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
Tucson, Arizona