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Re: 1997 UBC ICBO seminar-wall anchorage

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The  97 UBC Lateral seminar yesterday was filled with insights into the code and Dr. Ghosh and Mr. Neville sure did an excelent job.  I beleive that there were two seperate points made in reguards to wall anchors; ( in my words not theirs )

1.    the speaker seemed to indicate that the intent was for ALL embeded wall anchors ( for out of plane forces ) to engage the wall reinforcing,  not just straps as stated in the code.
2.    the speaker seemed to indicate that he was not enthusiastic about drilled-in anchors ( epoxy ?? expansion ?? ) since they do not engage steel for a continuous load path and they are tested in direct tension. ( not cyclical loading ??? ) And that some jurisdiction (?) has banned their use for wall anchorage.

The addition of horizontal reinforcing at the wall anchors,  if no chord steel is present, makes good sence.   Plus take a look at the requirements for shallow anchors in 1632.2,  Rp drops to 1.5 from 3.0  for calculating Fp.

Robert Shaffer, P.E.

Jeff Smith wrote:

I went to the part 1 seminar yesterday. Very worth while seminar, I wish I
could make part II. Regarding wall anchorage of masonry and concrete, it was
stated that for zone 3 and 4 you have to use 3x members at the wall anchors,
2 or 3 2x's are not acceptable. I would think that a certain size and number
of multiple 2x's should be acceptable. Also, The speaker implied that
epoxied wall anchors may not be allowed since they are not hooked around the
wall reinforcement. (section 1633.2.8 and 1605.2.3) This section refers to
embedded wall *straps*. Why this would be any different than an embedded
rod, I do not know. Any thoughts on this?


Jeff Smith