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Other stories by Howard Cook

  • Reinforcing Old Framing

    Q: We're remodeling a 1930s vintage San Diego home and have to seismically reinforce its cripple walls with plywood, shear transfer plates, and hold-downs. Because all the framing is very dry and most of the cripples measure only 1 foot to 2 feet in lengt

  • Seismic Retrofit For Cripple Walls

    A good job addresses the building's weakest link - where the foundation attaches to the first floor.