Adjustable Hanger or Custom Hanger — You Make the Call

Randy Shackelford

It would be a lot simpler for designing engineers if structural connections were always for members at right angles to one another. Often, connections have to be designed for supported members that are at a skewed or sloped angle rather than perpendicular to the header. In these cases, the...

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December 2019
Issue #11245
Page 104
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: I-Joists vs. Floor Trusses

Joe Kannapell

The advantages of open-web floor trusses are beginning to decelerate the growth of EWP. Though I-Joist sales per housing start have increased about 6% over the last two years, the trend has slowed considerably. Some of the small gain is due to the continuation of the replacement of solid-sawn...

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June 2019
Issue #11239
Page 113
Scott D. Coffman, P.E., SECB

Errors in Substituting Dead Load for Live Load in Wood Design

Scott Coffman

Introduction Custom kitchens, with high-end appliances, granite countertops, and central islands, are becoming more and more prevalent in the home market today. These products and finishes are heavy and the dead loads from the central islands and/or cabinets positioned along interior...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 48
Robert Glowinski

Now’s the Time to Promote Safe, Sustainable Construction

Robert Glowinski

October is a busy time for the wood products industry. There are not one but three weeks dedicated to national observances important to the safe built environment. Sunday, Oct. 7 – Saturday, Oct. 13: National Fire Prevention Week The National Fire Protection Association’s Fire...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 92
Frank Woeste. P.E.

When Fashion Affects Structure—Floor Design Considerations for Preventing Tile and Stone Cracks

Frank Woeste

Two kinds of designers are involved in home construction—design professionals responsible for the structure and the interior-focused designers responsible for the final appearance. Although these roles can overlap, it is important for design professionals to be aware of in-service demands...

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June 2018
Issue #10227
Page 60
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Wood Frame Construction Manual—a Valuable Structural Design Guide

Frank Woeste

While the International Residential Code (IRC) gives the structural requirements and prescriptive design data for residential framing, additional help for the non-engineer is available through the Wood Frame Construction Manual for One- and Two-Family Dwellings (WFCM) published by the American...

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January 2018
Issue #10222
Page 73
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: How to Predict a Bouncy Floor

Frank Woeste

Background The model International Residential Code (IRC) permits a design live load of 30 psf for “sleeping rooms.” The model codes specify 40 psf for all other rooms. Of the annoying floor vibration complaints we have received, the most common scenario stems from the use...

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June 2017
Issue #10215
Page 68
Robert Glowinski

How the Green Building Revolution is Encouraging the Wood Products Market

Robert Glowinski

While it’s well known that wood products offer a wide variety of environmental benefits – typically less embodied energy, lower air and water pollution, and a lighter carbon footprint than other commonly used building materials – it can often be a challenge to translate this...

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April 2017
Issue #10213
Page 63
Frank Woeste. P.E.

Controlling Floor Vibration

Frank Woeste

Home buyers naturally take for granted that the floor system in a new house is safe and complies with the building code—and rightly so. But home buyers also have expectations for their floors that are unrelated to safety or the building code. In particular, many home buyers are aware of...

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February 2016
Issue #09199
Page 43

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