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Re: Load Capacity of a Holddown Post as a Compression Member

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Nels,

My former employer had a text that showed an iterative method for
determining the capacity of a post loaded incrementally along its length.
Sorry, I don't remember the title or the author.  What I  DO remember is the
answer:   You got about a 10-percent increase over what the post could carry
if loaded concentrically at its ends.  NOTE--this does not take into account
the eccentricity of the shear panels exerting loads along the face of the
post rather than its centerline.  It also does not account for all the bad
things that happen to shear walls during construction.  Unless you have
symmetrical shear panel installation on both sides of the post (and build
the shear wall yourself), err on the side of caution.

Best wishes,

Thor

www.shearwalls.com


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