Calculating Conventional Wood Frame Connections for Residential Structures (Nails, Bolts, Screws, etc.)
George E. Thomas, PE
This course focuses
on conventional wood connections that typically use nails, bolts, screws, and
some specialty hardware and also addresses relevant concrete and masonry connections
in accordance with the applicable provisions of Building Code Requirements for
Structural Concrete (ACI-318) and Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures
(ACI-530)(ACI, 1999a; ACI 1999b).
This course includes
a multiple choice quiz at the end, which
is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
At the conclusion of the course, the student will:
Architects, Engineers, Residential Designers, and Builders
Benefit to Attendees
The information gained form this course will allow for the designer to analysis different types of connections for a variety of situations and conditions.
Adequate connection of the framing members and structural systems within a residual structure is a critical design and construction consideration. Regardless of the type of materials used, structures are only as strong as their connections. Structural systems can behave as a unit only with proper interconnection of the components and assemblies; therefore, this course is dedicated to connections. A connection transfers loads from one framing member to another (i.e., a stud to a top or bottom plate) or from one assembly to another (i.e., a roof to a wall, a wall to a floor, and a floor to a foundation). Connections generally consist of two or more framing members and a mechanical connection device such as a fastener or specialty connection hardware. Adhesives are also used to supplement mechanical attachment of wall finishes or floor sheathing to wood. this course will allow for the designer to analysis different types of connections and materials for a variety of situations and conditions.
In this lesson, you are required to download and study the following course content in PDF format:
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This course demonstrated
an analytic method of determining loads and the required connections to support
those loads. It also demonstrated the discrepancy between calculated connection
requirements and conventional construction experience that may be negotiated
by permissible engineer judgment and use of conventional residential construction
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.