Framing

Structural Modeling in Revit

by EVstudio AEP October 29, 2018

With each new project we use more and more of the tools in our BIM toolbox. The latest tool that we have developed to the level of prime-time is our structural steel framing within Revit. We are currently working on a very unique custom home […]

Read the full article →

Why It’s Critical To Have Correct Floating Sill Plates on Slab-On-Grade Floors in Colorado

by Jim Houlette August 13, 2018

When I’m requested to investigate a house with structural concerns one of the first things I check is proper floating sill plates on slab-on-grade floors.  I’m always amazed how so many basements are finished without a floating sill plate or some way of allowing the […]

Read the full article →

Staples or Nails? Choosing the Right Fastener for Wall and Roof Sheathing

by Dean Dalvit August 13, 2018

We are often asked by contractors if they can substitute framing staples instead of nails for their wall and roof sheathing fasteners. There is no easy universal answer to this question because the location of the project may place it in a high wind or […]

Read the full article →

Modified Rafter and Ceiling Joists for a Remodel Makes a Huge Difference

by Jim Houlette July 2, 2018

EVstudio provided Structural Engineering services for a recent remodel in south Denver.  This remodel involved modifying the existing rafters and flat ceiling joists to have a new vaulted ceiling.  The existing rafters were left in place and reinforced using collar ties.  Once the collar ties […]

Read the full article →

Proper Bearing of I-Joist Rafters

by evstudio March 29, 2018

As today’s architectural design trends toward more open floor plans with vaulted ceilings there is a need for economical rafters that will span long distances while maintaining a shallow profile. In many situations pre-manufactured I-joist rafters fit that need. As a structural engineer I have […]

Read the full article →

Types and Design of Wood Trusses

by Jim Houlette March 27, 2018

Here are some great resources about the different types of wood trusses and how they are designed.  If you have any questions about roof or floor trusses please let us know. Alpine Engineered Products – Builder’s Guide SBCA – Structural Building Components Association – Truss […]

Read the full article →

Fastening to Concrete – Wedge Style Expansion Anchors

by evstudio March 27, 2018

There are many situations were it may become necessary to attach a timber ledger to a concrete wall. It is desirable in many new homes to lower the elevation of the finished floor to make a home more wheel chair accessible. An example of the […]

Read the full article →

Progress on Mountain Modern Home

by EVstudio AEP February 16, 2018
Thumbnail image for Progress on Mountain Modern Home

It is always nice to see continual progress made on projects. Below is an image showing the bulk of the framing complete. Soon the large exposed beam with the LVL in the foreground perpendicular to it will have additional framing to create the roof cantilever. […]

Read the full article →

2 a-Penny, 4 a-Penny, 6 a-Penny Nails

by EVstudio AEP October 30, 2017

Nails are a very common fastener in most any construction project. Over the years nails have become very specialized. As such, there are all kinds of words to describe nails such as: Box, Bright, Casing, Coated, Common, Duplex, Drywall, Finish, Galvanized, Head, Helix, Spike. The […]

Read the full article →

Effect of Overdriven Fasteners on Shear Wall Capacity

by Jim Houlette October 26, 2017

With the use of nail guns set too high and the speed of construction, many nails are over driven.  Most building officials don’t seem to notice or comment on this error.  But, if they do you might have a lot of work ahead of you […]

Read the full article →

It’s Okay to be a Little Shifty

by Dean Dalvit August 25, 2017

This post is for all of those framers who diligently adhered to a structural framing plan to the letter and wound up with more backout framing than they knew what to do with once the plumber and mechanical contractor had their way with the joists. […]

Read the full article →

Understanding Trus Joist Pro Ratings and Minimum Deflections by Code

by Jim Houlette May 15, 2017

When designing floor joists engineers must check several design properties including moment, shear, bearing and deflection.  In this article we are going to focus on deflection since it is a common complaint from homeowners. For any structural member deflection limits must be satisfied based on […]

Read the full article →