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RE: RIGID DIAPHRAGM IN WOOD FRAMED CUSTOM RESIDENCES

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Pat these are the issues we are discussing on the light-framing listservice on the Structuralist.Net. You might want to join this as well to get a wider range of opinions. http://copper.nocdirect.com/mailman/listinfo/light_framing_structuralist.net
 
 

Sincerely,

Dennis S. Wish, PE

California Professional Engineer

Structural Engineering Consultant

http://www.structuralist.net

dennis.wish(--nospam--at)verizon.net

-----Original Message-----
From: Pat Clark [mailto:bcinc(--nospam--at)nanosecond.com]
Sent: Friday, May 30, 2003 8:57 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: RIGID DIAPHRAGM IN WOOD FRAMED CUSTOM RESIDENCES

I am curious to know how well the rigid diaphragm approach to structural design works with custom residential projects. 
 
In my experience you need to have quite a bit of flexibility (no pun) in your design to allow for all of the field revisions (and screwups) than come along.  Say that nice piece of 12' shear that you designed with is eye-balled by the owners, and they want an additional 6' patio door.  I know you can say they can't have it, but realistically, I have found that I must be able to accommodate things like this in order to succeed in the market.   Now if you chop up that wall it won't just affect that shear line it will affect your entire orthogonal direction. 
 
This doesn't even include the thought of remodeling or additions...
 
Any comments?
 
Pat Clark