Framing

Understanding Trus Joist Pro Ratings and Minimum Deflections by Code

by Jim Houlette, PE July 26, 2019

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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Three Wood Framing Methods – Balloon, Platform & Advanced

by EVstudio AEP July 26, 2019

We recently talked about a variety of building methods. Within each method are different ways to build. Here we talk briefly about three wood framing methods.   Balloon Framing –This method of framing was fairly popular on the east coast and parts of the Midwest […]

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

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE July 12, 2019

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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Structural Wood Framing Connectors from Simpson Strong-Tie and USP

by Jim Houlette, PE May 30, 2019

Simpson or USP?  Each company has a wide range of framing connectors that meets the needs of almost every type of wood connection you can think of.  In addition, each company provides connectors for epoxy bonding, retrofitting, and other various products to create quick structural […]

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Structural Modeling in Revit

by EVstudio AEP April 19, 2019

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 […]

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Architectural and Structural Coordination in 3 Dimensions

by EVstudio AEP March 11, 2019
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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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Who Does Truss Drawings?

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP March 8, 2019
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Most residential projects and wood framed commercial projects utilize roof trusses. A roof truss is generally cheaper and less time consuming than a roof framed with rafters. It has these advantages because it is created from smaller pieces of lumber and it is fabricated in […]

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

by EVstudio AEP January 7, 2019

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

by Jim Houlette, PE 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 […]

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

by Jim Houlette, PE 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 […]

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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 […]

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Types and Design of Wood Trusses

by Jim Houlette, PE 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 […]

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