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Title: RE: Reinforcing High Basement Walls

Construct vertical stud wall flush with inside face of basement wall to take lateral loads.  Stud reaction taken out at slab below and floor framing above. Sheath inside face of studs with whatever. Worse thing that you lose is a little square footage inside the basement.

D. Matthew Stuart, P.E., S.E., P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager
Schoor DePalma Engineers and Consultants
Manalapan Structural Department
200 State Highway Nine
Manalapan, NJ 07726
732-577-9000 (Ext. 1275)
908-309-8657 (Cell)
732 -431-9428 (Fax)

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Hodgson & Associates [mailto:ghodgson(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 12:03 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Reinforcing High Basement Walls

I have a house where the basement wall height exceeds the max.
allowable 8'-2" in the code under the prescriptive requirements.  The
soil outside is also slightly higher than the code allowed 7'-7".  As
the house is near completion, the builder is panicking because the
local Building Dept. will not allow occupancy until they get the
foundation wall approved by an engineer.

In the absence of soils tests, I have always required vertical steel
straps to be bolted to the walls to act as reinforcing.

Does anyone have any better/alternative ideas?

Gary Hodgson, P.Eng.
Niagara Falls, ON

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