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Re: Lateral Load--Is it THE Design?

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If you are talking about wood framed residential
construction then I agree that investigation of wind
and seismic loads could easiliy consume half of your
design effort. Unfortunately a lot of this effort is
expended by structural engineers because they know
that whatever they design and detail, they will hear
complaints that "..I've never had to do this previous structural engineer never
required these hold down anchors,...I've been building
houses for 25 year and never saw anything like this

My previous response to your post was for steel or
concrete framed construction.

Cliff Schwinger

--- Bill Polhemus <bill(--nospam--at)> 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?
> Of course I know those of you on the Left Coast who
> do commercial &
> facilities design know this because of seismic, but
> even those doing
> residential there admit that wind loads tend to
> govern their designs, and
> they still spend the greater portion of their
> efforts in this.
> This comes to mind because in talking with typical
> clients, they just don't
> seem to "get it." They say "why are these roof
> purlins so big? There's not
> that much load on them!" and I have to tell them
> about design for wind. They
> say "but it doesn't get that windy here!"
> Now, how silly a comment is that? Ask the folks in
> Gulf Shores, AL, just how
> "windy" it got last night! When I say to them that
> we have to design for
> hurricanes, they act like I'm just being
> outrageously conservative.
> I have begun telling them that lateral loads account
> for the majority of
> building structural failures (I'm flying by the seat
> of my pants here; I
> have no way of knowing if this but every time I see
> photos of devastation
> it's hurricane or earthquake).
> Anyway, just thought I'd solicit some comments on
> this topic.

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