Framing

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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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

by Dean Dalvit May 15, 2017

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 […]

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

by Jim Houlette May 15, 2017

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 […]

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American Water Building in Framing

by EVstudio AEP May 15, 2017

Our American Water Building in Texas is moving along quite nicely. The framing is up and so is some of the structural steel. Soon they will be placing the roof trusses. EVstudio is providing construction administration services on this project. Through reviewing shop drawings, product […]

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

by Jim Houlette May 15, 2017

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 […]

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Mountain Modern Home Construction Update

by EVstudio AEP April 27, 2017
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Today I took a walk of the mountain modern custom home that we have going up in Evergreen. As architects we like to get out of the office and see our work being built. Walking the site and having a conversation with the general contractor and tradesmen […]

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Fastening to Concrete – Wedge Style Expansion Anchors

by evstudio June 10, 2016

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 […]

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Architectural and Structural Coordination in 3 Dimensions

by EVstudio AEP April 21, 2016
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You may have heard that we use a software package known as Revit. One of the things that we really like other than the fairly intuitive interface is that the architects and the structural engineers here work within the same file. Once the schematic design […]

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Greene & Greene Construction Update

by Matt Svoboda April 21, 2016
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Our Greene & Greene inspired home is almost completely through framing!  Most of the windows are in and the extensive exterior wood detailing is beginning to reveal its character.  Below you can see the dining room with its exposed T&G roofing at the extra deep […]

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