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Re: Perforated Shear Wall Opening Design

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Thanks for the link.  Mr. Robertson presents good summaries of the various methods.
Just curious, with your experience as a building official, would you accept the "Put a bunch of straps, blocking nails and hold downs and say a prayer method" as a rational method?  It sure is the easiest of the methods Mr. Robertson identifies.  His tone, however, suggests he has heard one too many Contractors say that is how they would handle the problem.  :<) 
Bill Cain, S.E.
Berkeley CA
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From: Ben Yousefi <Ben.Yousefi(--nospam--at)SMGOV.NET>
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Sent: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 17:22:19 -0800
Subject: RE: Perforated Shear Wall Opening Design

See the follwoing link. It's an excellent primer for different methodologies in dealing with this:
Ben Yousefi, SE
Santa Monica, CA

From: Rich Lewis [mailto:seaint03(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 12:46 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Perforated Shear Wall Opening Design
IBC 2305.3.7.1 states "Where shear walls with openings are designed for force transfer around the openings, the limitations of  . . . "
I have not been able to find a source on designing the openings for force transfer.  I've looked on APA web site, NDS publications and my Breyer's text to no avail.  Can anyone give some references or interpret what detailing is needed for "designing for force transfer around openings"?