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  • Practical Engineering: Resisting Tornado Damage

    This APA storm report shows that structural sheathing, metal connectors, and strong garage walls can increase the likelihood that a home will survive all but the most powerful storms.

  • Piling it On

    Storm surge can exert pressures against pilings in the hundreds or even thousands of pounds per square foot. Post-storm analysis may result in new design standards for oceanfront homes.

  • Practical Engineering: Building Strong Garage Door Walls

    Not enough room for a full sheet of sheathing on each side of the garage door? Here's how to develop the required lateral bracing with end panels as narrow as 16 inches.

  • Practical Engineering: Load-Tested Deck Ledger Connections

    Virginia Tech researchers report the load test results of four ledger-board-to-band-joist connection details.

  • Roof Truss Spacing

    Q. We see ourselves as quality builders. We frame everything 16 inches on-center, including roof trusses. Most visitors to our job sites feel that this is overkill and that we're wasting the customer's money. Is putting trusses 16 inches on-center with 5/

  • Shearwalls for Coastal Homes

    A design-build contractor explains how to meet the International Code's new coastal wind-load requirements by using shearwalls that work with your design, not against it.

  • Lateral-Force Collectors for Seismic and Wind-Resistant Framing

    There's more to wind- and earthquake-resistant framing than properly constructed shear walls. A veteran structural engineer describes the key connections that collect and control potentially catastrophic loads.

  • Segmental Block Retaining Walls

    Longer lasting than timber and more user friendly than stone, segmental block retaining walls combine good looks with great structural stability.

  • Smarter Site Work with Geosynthetics

    These tough plastic fabrics and grids take some of the uncertainty out of drainage, retaining walls, and other earth work.