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Christopher Wright is correct.

Also, FYI, I did the sketch very quickly using PowerPoint. It only took
about five minutes to make it up, make the PDF, and then put it on my
webserver so anyone could click on the link and look at it.

I find that a picture's most definitely worth a thousand words--at least--in
our racket.

William L. Polhemus, Jr., P.E.
Polhemus Engineering Company
Katy, Texas
Phone 281-492-2251
Fax 281-492-8203


-----Original Message-----
From: John P. Riley [mailto:jpriley485(--nospam--at)peoplepc.com]
Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2001 10:30 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: COMMENTS REQUESTED: Weird Wood Sheathed "Shear Wall"


Bill,

How do you make a drawing like that?  AutoCAD?

And how do you get it into .pdf format?

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John P. Riley, PE, SE
Riley Engineering
20 Oakwood Drive, Blue Grass, Iowa 52726
Tel & Fax:  319-381-3949
jpriley485(--nospam--at)peoplepc.com
> Well, my architect did it to me again.
>
> Please see the referenced PDF file (don't worry, not an attachment, but
> feeding off my web server) for an illustration:
>
> http://www.polhemus.cc/problems/WallProblem.pdf
>
> As you can see, I've got wall (it's long; the illustration is just a
segment
> of it, relatively speaking), that proceeds along the ENTIRE LENGTH of the
> building, about 85 feet or so.
>
> When I first looked at this, I didn't catch the implications of the
> discontinuous "pilasters" between the window. So what I've got it the
> sheathing ending at the top of the masonry block. But of course these
> "pilaster" segments are dangling out there for the wind to tear to shreds.
I
> suppose this must be a common thing, but we're in a high wind zone (100
mph
> three-second gust) and I'm sort of at a loss as to how to approach this.
>
> Has anyone got any observations here?
>
> Again, I know it's a "dumb question" for which I'm famous (that "balloon
> framing" thing is already a legend in its own time) but I also realize
that
> someone else out there may benefit from my ignorance, by hearing from the
> sages.
>
> So, what do you all think?
>
> William L. Polhemus, Jr., P.E.
> Polhemus Engineering Company
> Katy, Texas
> Phone 281-492-2251
> Fax 281-492-8203
>
>
>
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