Posted by steveA on December 19, 2002 at 13:22:22:
In Reply to: Re: Are old houses being blown down where you live? posted by JWmHarmon on December 18, 2002 at 12:41:42:
Well, I appreciate the solidity of the older homes as much as you, but they were the result of decades of trial and error until a standard of construction was developed. And if an engineer today was confronted with the plans and sections of such a home he would probably cringe, and then substitute those 2X12s with steel sections!
I'm not advocating cheap construction, but rather smart construction. What I have seen, in the context of architect's always moving away from tradition (the known techniques), is conservatism to the extreme.
Engineers design to the worst possible conditions acting concurrently, and then add a safety factor.
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