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A contractor recently told me of a Hardy Panel/Frame horror story where he
was forced to remove a raised floor installation of a hardy frame to a
strongwall raised floor installation. The reason he was told to remove them
was related to drift.

Simpson has no ICBO approval for this application while Hardy does. I
informed him of this and he knew what I was talking about and he stated he
presented the ICBO report and was stilled forced to remove the Hardy's.
Anyone else come across this? Also, I don't see how drift could be a reason
if one is designing using simplified base shear. This came up when he was
bidding a job I worked on that called for raised floor Hardy Panels and he
was concerned about getting screwed.


Gerard Madden, PE
Design Group Manager

Duquette Engineering
10 South Third Street
San Jose, CA 95113
T: 408.494.0944 - ext 102
F: 408.494.0940
E: gmadden(--nospam--at)

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