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RE: Town Home Lateral Loads

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Not allowing the sheathing to go through is crazy. With construction like 
this, you really should design each unit as free standing and provide a 
seismic separation between them.

T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E. (CA #2607)
University of Southern California, M.S.C.E., 1983
University of Texas at El Paso, B.S.C.E., 1977

Consulting Structural Engineers
32302 Camino Capistrano, #206
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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-----Original Message-----
From: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at) [mailto:seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)] On 
Behalf Of Jeff Hedman Sent: Friday, June 28, 2013 10:26 AM
To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Town Home Lateral Loads

This project has a separation between units.  One jurisdiction here does 
not allow double top plates or floor sheathing to go through the air gap. 
So I am not sure how I can really tie the floors of multiple units 
together.  The roof sheathing is continuous and the exterior sheathing are 
continuous.  Maybe thats all I need.  But if I do tie multiple units 
together this jurisdiction will ask for calculations to show how I am 
transferring the loading to multiple units.

> Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:43:39 -0700
> From: "Joe Venuti" <jovenengr(--nospam--at)>
> Subject: RE: Town Home Lateral Loads
> Jeff
> Do you place a separation between the units or is it just a party wall
> of staggered studs ?
> If not then distribute Wind to 2 or 3 end units depending upon loading
> requirements

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