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Re: Hardy Frame Panel PFC #5342

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I suppose by your comments that all narrow shear walls should have an R = 2.2. As you already know, the wood shear walls did not verify their R value.  They just assumed the code value for 8 foot plywood walls.

Regarding the Hardy Frame issue, the actual protocol used was developed by SEAOSC which is also the procedures referenced under AC130.  In 1997, since there were no protocol such as AC130 to follow, the test request was to use the SEAOSC developed protocol.  AC130 was developed shortly afterwards.

The Hardy Panel performs in the same manner as the wood shear walls.  The only difference is that the testing validates the engineering calculations.  Whereas the wood shear walls can have a different value for each test.

Ron Ogawa