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nonoise July 20, 2014 at 12:36 PM
This is insane. As long as the cover looks good it should be no problem. The city should goRead Moreafte r those people that put up illegal signs on city poles in the middle of the night. Police do not stop them or try to go after them. And, street services does not have enough investigators to cite them all. That would make the city some money and leave responsible people alone.
Lorraine July 21, 2014 at 03:53 PM
As I recall carports were banned or under stricter guidelines after the 1994 earthquake - it seemsRead Morem any of them attributed to greater damage to the house, so the municipalities enacted laws to protect insurance liabilities.
Lorraine July 21, 2014 at 03:58 PM
The 1994 Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles pushed that city's regulatory efforts further still,Read Morea nd L.A. has remained at the forefront of seismic building codes. "They have enacted ordinances which are very proactive and go beyond the model code," says David Cocke, president of the engineering firm StructuralFocus and a representative of the Structural Engineers Association Of Southern California (SEAOSC). One ordinance addresses tuck-under parking, in which the first floor of a building acts as an open-air carport with structural columns bearing the load of the overhead building. The Los Angeles ordinance requires retrofitting these "soft floors" with shear walls and steel frames. Shear walls are braced to counter the horizontal forces, or "lateral loads," that a structure undergoes from sudden terra firma displacement in an earthquake. Steel connectors between structural elements in residential wood homes are another way to transfer lateral loads during an earthquake. Also, to prevent the splitting of wooden sill plates—the bottom horizontal part of a wall—builders use square plate washers to connect these members to the anchor bolts that drive down into the concrete foundation. "These are small details that would not be considered in a nonseismic zone," Filiatrault says. The core concept is to prevent structural collapse. The building may have to be condemned, but at least whoever is in it won't die, Filiatrault says. One common way to prevent buildings from collapsing is the "weak beam, strong column" concept. Basically, the columns in a home are built strong enough to not buckle under the maximum force a horizontal beam can impose on them. So even if the beams break, the structure has a good shot of avoiding outright collapse, Filiatrault says. http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/improvement/outdoor-projects/extreme-building-codes
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