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So if the seismic force applies at an angle to the seismic joint, then these straps have to transfer the component of the load parallel to the wall (without excessive deflection or deformation) across the joint and at the same time move freely (perpendicular to the joint) without resisting the other component and deflect as required. Would you please elaborate? Are we talking about concrete shearwalls and considerable shear loads?

Reza Dashti P.Eng
Vancouver, BC

From: "Jim Getaz" <jgetaz(--nospam--at)>

We have also designed straps that carry horizontal load across a seismic
joint to a shearwall on the other side, rather than having back-to-back

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