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Title: RE: Bracing for Nail-Plate Wood Trusses


If you are talking about bracing the top of a gable end wall to the roof deck for wind loads, I would say that is the building designer's responsibility.  Truss member stability bracing should be done by the truss designer. 

2000 IBC 2303.4.1 item 18 and 2000 IRC R802.10.1 item 12 only say that the "Required permanent truss bracing location..." should be shown on truss design drawings.  IRC R802.10.3 says "In the absence of specific bracing requirements trusses shall be braced in accordance with TPI/HIB."  This book is only like $7.00. 

The Municipality of Anchorage had put a policy together in 94 or 95 that said truss bracing needed to be shown on plans per TPI-BWT [I think it this HIB now.] and provided an example detail.  It is pretty standard to see this detail on local residential plans now.

Scott Haan, P.E.
DPW Ft Richardson, AK
phone: 907-384-3161
fax: 907-384-3051

-----Original Message-----
From: Roger Turk [mailto:73527.1356(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2003 11:45 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Bracing for Nail-Plate Wood Trusses


My specs state that all bracing that is required as a condition of design be
designed by the person responsible for designing the truss.  It is the truss
designer who elected to use slender members that require lateral bracing in
lieu of more robust members that would not require lateral bracing.  Lateral
bracing does not have to be taken into the base structure to be effective.

You, as the EOR, can modify or delete any standards written by a
manufacturer/fabricator.  You do not have to accept anything that is in
someone else's "Standards of Practice."

A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
Tucson, Arizona

Kris Hamilton wrote:

. > I apologize for re-sending this, but I haven't seen any responses; I don't
. > know if this is because no-one saw it the first time, or because everyone
. > else is bored to tears by the topic:
. > ...........

. > I know this is an issue that was discussed several years ago, but I do not
. > know if a consensus (or an accord) has ever been reached.

. > The Plated Truss Institute still insists that the EOR should be the one to
. > design the bracing for the web members, along with the connection of the
. > bracing to the web members and the connection of the bracing to the
. > structure.  What a shift of liability!

. > I, of course, continue to believe that this ought to be dealt with by the
. > truss manufacturer or designer, since it something that cannot even
. > remotely be known by the EOR until after shop drawings are received.
. > Their handbook even acknowledges that the "building designer" might be the
. > home-owner or contractor - then goes on to say that they should perform
. > this engineering design function.

. > The local building department just realized that this is not being done on
. > most of the buildings they see, so they want to see an engineer design the
. > web bracing for each truss roof that is specified by an engineer (I don't
. > know what they are doing for "house-designer" projects).

. > Is anyone aware if there has been any further action on this issue?  Or is
. > everyone but me just "buckling" under and doing the design?  How many were
. > not even aware that there was an issue here?

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