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RE: SIMPLIFIED BASE SHEAR DESIGN

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My opinion stands that this engineer is just cutting corners and giving his
clients poor service.  I have worked for residential design engineers in the
past, and some are good, charge reasonable fees and are diligent with their
design.  Others charge too small of fees as a way to get business and need
to cut corners to be able to get their design finished in the limited time
they have due to the low fee.

I guess Gustavo has a point that you would need to look at the actual
calculations to be sure his method, but not designing for an accurate dead
load would just increase the negligence of this engineer.

~ ELI


-----Original Message-----
From: Eliseo Arellano [mailto:eliseoas(--nospam--at)earthlink.net] 
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2006 5:03 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: SIMPLIFIED BASE SHEAR DESIGN




Gustavo,

I cannot think of any reason for someone not to use the "real" weigth of the
structure, Besides would't this 
confuse plan checkers. 

Eli, What is your opinion?

Eliseo Arellano

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