CountryPlans Design/Build Forum
General => General Forum => Topic started by: Amanda_931 on March 16, 2006, 10:03:25 PM
I've noticed that a lot of the all-glass super-engineered, architect designed places with glass to all possible corners have (probably oversized for looks) steel cables with turnbuckles to hold them square. Usually crossed.
I think they're ugly. Mind you thin ones wouldn't look any better.
(and we had a small earthquake about 20 miles away last week)
I would be willing to try the steel/metal banding idea, as far as wind damage. Sounds like a reasonable idea. Probably do a little dumpster-diving at some building sites too if I could get it free.
There are always these when you want to spend money. Note they replace Code 1x4 let in brace - not shear wall requirements.
See Simpson page for various styles.
More bracing and code info from Simpson.
Here is a diagram of comparative wall rigidity.
This link has another good description and graphic (warning, tripod sites do have an ad popup you need to close)