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RE: Rigid vs. Flexible Diaphragm

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Don't you need to have the Hardy Frames supported laterally at the top by
the roof or floor framing for lateral stability? Your top plate is at 14'
and your Hardy Frames are 12' tall.

Oshin Tosounian, S.E.
Los Angeles, CA

-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis Wish
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Sent: 4/26/04 5:17 PM
Subject: RE: Rigid vs. Flexible Diaphragm


The problem was a wall. There are two openings. The plate height is
14-feet. .....

A plywood shearwall would need to be sheathed both sides and the height
just makes the 2:1 ratio. I don't like the amount of drift on the wall -
it's too flexible. I wanted to use a Hardy Frame, but the 12'-0" tall
frame by 64-inch wide will not meet the demand of 5,700 pounds. 

I called Hardy and they recommended that I use two of their 24" x 12'-0"
tall panels with 1-1/8" diameter anchor bolt and design the foundation
for the moment created between the two frames (one column goes into
compression while the other a foot or more away is in tension). 

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