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Re: Lateral Load--Is it THE Design?

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At 08:43 AM 9/16/2004 -0500, you wrote:

Folks:

 

Is it just me, or is everyone here pretty much resigned to the fact that lateral loads dicate maybe 80% of our efforts?

It may not be 80% of the effort, but it results in 80% of the "arguments" I have with residential contractors.  There are just so many residential buildings out there which aren't designed for lateral loads (drive through any mid-atlantic neighborhood and look at the garages).  Since they don't see these buildings falling down, they believe that the shortcuts everyone takes is "good enough."

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