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More stories about Structure

  • Manufactured Shear-Wall Components

    For builders working in seismic zones or hurricane country, any structure has to be designed for lateral loads, the sideways force of wind pressure, or earthquake action. Manufactured shear-wall components can provide a solution for these complex situations.

  • Adding Strength With Moment Frames

    Moment frames resist the force of bending or rotation with a rigid connection at the joint between the column and beam. Find out more about how these strategic assemblages can strengthen your structure.

  • Los Angeles Ponders “Soft Story” Earthquake Retrofit Requirement

    Los Angeles may follow San Francisco’s lead, requiring owners of apartment buildings to reinforce first floor structures.

  • Best Practices: Decks

    Over the years at JLC and our sister magazine, we have published dozens of articles focused on virtually every aspect of deck design, engineering, and construction.

  • Best Practices: Decks - Ledgers

    Improper sizing and fastening of the ledger board is the single biggest cause of deck failures.

  • Best Practices: Decks - Foundations

    Most decks can be supported by wood posts resting on concrete footings, piers, or a combination of the two.

  • Best Practices: Decks - Bracing & Sizing

    Here are some rules of thumb for bracing and sizing framing members for simple deck designs.

  • Best Practices: Decks - Railings & Connections

    Plain or fancy, a deck guardrail must meet minimum requirements for strength and safety.

  • Best Practices: Decks - Stairs

    By code in most jurisdictions, a deck stairway must be at least 36 inches wide.

  • More Wall Bracing Options Using OSB

    The Engineered Wood Association has been working to broaden the choices for using wood structural panels to achieve code-required lateral bracing in wood-frame construction. A new APA publication lays out the OSB industry’s latest recommendations for a “simplified” way to meet code.