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I've been chasing my tail with this for a couple days, and am finally turning 
 to the list. I am looking for interpretations of ASCE 7-05 Allowable 
 Stress Increase for Load Combinations with Overstrength, specifically whether 
 or not the 1.2 factor may be used with Load Combinations with Overstrength 
 of section I typically design my wood shearwalls using the Basic 
 Load Combinations 16-12, 16-13, and 16-15, including vertical effects, and 
 then check any beams supporting discontinuous shearwalls using, 
applying the 1.2 factor. I think this is wrong though (or is the code that's 
 screwed up still?)  Somehow I got lost along the way and attempted to retrace 
 the my steps through the history of IBC 1605.4, which is fascinating and 
all, but at this point I wish I just had an answer as to what the bleep is 
going on ....  sigh.


Michel Blangy, P.E.
Hermosa Beach, CA

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