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Rhkratzse(--nospam--at) wrote:
CW, I'm trying to relate that to shear walls and engineering. Let's see, get your engineer (as the homeowner) to engineer stronger walls and then just use half of them .... No, that doesn't work.


In a message dated 10/22/07 8:48:40 AM, chrisw(--nospam--at) writes:

On Oct 22, 2007, at 10:29 AM, Rhkratzse(--nospam--at) wrote:

> Somehow this reminds me of a method of "saving" money on medical > care: Just cut your pills in half and take half as much; it > "saves" you 50% of your med cost. Of course you might die,

Maybe, maybe not. Save yourself half of your co-pays by having prescriptions written for pills with twice the required dosage and having the pharmacy split each in half. One prescription lasts twice as long so you pay half the co-pay over a year. Doesn't keep you from falling off a ladder but you do get the right dosage, and it works especially well for proprietary drugs with high co-pays.

Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
chrisw(--nospam--at)   | this distance" (last words of Gen.
.......................................| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)

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No. Reinforcing an opening in a shearwall & putting the tiedowns at the ends is a recognition of how the walls really function under load. In the mechanical engineering world, it is more akin to the difference between engineering a tractor & an airplane. A good engineer tries to find the right balance between cost & function but YMMV.
Chuck Utzman, P.E.

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