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If you use Parallam (Registered mark), be sure to use pressure treated material. Trus Joist (now a Weyerhaeuser company) promotes this as Wolmanized (Registered mark) in their most recent brochure.
Bruce Pooley
Timber Design
Lakewood, CO
----- Original Message -----
From: Mark Baker
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2000 11:57 PM
Subject: Re: cable x-bracing

Unfortunately the deck extends to far out, the back span is not great enough, cantilevering it would likely qualify it as a balcony (60psf) etc.
I like cable but have opted to utilize 3/4" dia. rods. Shrinkage should be minimized by my decision to use Parallam lumber for all horizontal and vertical members within the assembly. My member forces are well below yield, it is not a primary resisting element for the residence itself so I've dealt with the perceived risk in my mind.
I discussed the issue at length with the owner today, allowed him to informatively choose his view over potential instabilities and have only to follow this conversation UP IN WRITING.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2000 8:23 AM
Subject: Re: cable x-bracing

Does the Deck project on which you are considering X-bracing offer the possibility of making the deck a horizontal cantilever from an adjacent diaphragm?  Shear connections at the contact edge, and tension/compression type connections that reach back into the diaphragm from near the edge at each side of the deck may allow the out-board edge to be unbraced.
Nels Roselund
Structural Engineer