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When designing a concrete or masonry shearwall building with flexible roof
or floor diaphragm, does the chord have to be taken by continuous bars in
the concrete or masonry that are placed at the elevation of your diaphragm,
even if you have steel ledgers that are continuous at the perimeter of the
diaphragm.  Could the steel ledger be used as a chord? or is this against
the code.  

TIA

Marlou

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