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I thought I was the onlyone who got those exact same comments....I feel so
cheated. Do they have a class on how to use those comment in the presence of
an engineer in contractor school?  :-)

Rand

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Cliff Schwinger" <clifford234(--nospam--at)yahoo.com>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 12:00 PM
Subject: Re: Lateral Load--Is it THE Design?


> Bill,
>
> 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
> before....my previous structural engineer never
> required these hold down anchors,...I've been building
> houses for 25 year and never saw anything like this
> before...."
>
> My previous response to your post was for steel or
> concrete framed construction.
>
> Cliff Schwinger
>
>
> --- Bill Polhemus <bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc> 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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