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RE: Providiing continuity around openings in timber-framed shear walls

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Charley,

I use blocking and strapping, with the straps running the full width of the
shear wall segment.  Running the straps full width makes it less confusing
for the carpenters.  Also, not all designers are aware of how to figure the
required strap length so that the shear panels under the straps are not
over-stressed.  Even if the strap length is properly determined you will get
stress concentrations under the straps.  I show the full-width strap system
in my book "Wood-Framed Shear Wall Construction--an Illustrated Guide", so
with some luck most builders will be aware of this construction method in
the near future.  By now you should be asking yourself, "where can I get a
copy of that book?"  Answer: through the ICC or at www.shearwalls.com

So, when will UCI release some definitive testing of shear walls with
openings?  Or shear walls with sloping top chords?

Thor


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