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Earthquakes and hurricanes act differently on a building. While shearwalls and moment frames are the standard solutions for handling lateral forces on building walls, the job they have to do can vary, depending on whether they’re facing a wind load or a seismic load.
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.
This On the Job looks at a project that requires insulated R-sheathing.
This thread from the JLC Forums offers tips for dealing with tiny bubbles appearing in joint compound.
This prefab cavity wall drain provides a complete flashing system in an easy-to-install panel for masonry cavity walls.
The EcoStud stud and track system is for use in non-load-bearing walls
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.
How to calculate the required length of bracing
Adjustment factors for one- and two-story structures
You can frame a wall without hiring an engineer -- but plan review may give you brain cramps
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