Message - Re: Are old houses being blown down where you live?

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Posted by  Bruce Jennigns on December 18, 2002 at 12:59:03:

In Reply to:  Re: Are old houses being blown down where you live? posted by JWmHarmon on December 18, 2002 at 12:41:42:

The old house I describe is a NW home where nothing is framed in oak, much like most of the U.S. outside of the NE and midwest. It had 3/4" (actual) by 8 fir subfloor layed diagonally on 2X8 fir joist. The roof was sawn cedar shingles on skip 1X6 sheathing on 2X4 rafters at 2' O.C. spanning (and sagging) up to 14'. nothing any heavier than today's homes, in fact it was lighter as it lacked today's wall sheathing behind the siding. There was no let in corner bracing on this house either. The longest run of wall was 3 feet on 2 corners of the house. The thing is, this is not freak house. This is representative of homes across the country. Even homes built in the 50's and 60's before needed codes began to be enforced don't blow down outside of tornado alley and hurricane zones. I would be intersted to know what damage your 70's engineered house sustained from wind, and where it is located.

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