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The Line of Force

As long as I’m rambling on about shoring, I’ll use this opportunity to make a point about how structure works. The picture below shows one piece of a shoring system we installed to keep the front facade, which was moving outward, from peeling off the building. The shoring system consists of horizontal steel braces that sandwich the …

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Historic Structural Detail: Diagonal Sheathing

Every once in while, when you strip the outer sheathing (clapboard or shingles) or the inner finish (plaster) off a wall, you find that the exterior sheathing is a bunch of diagonal planks. Why? A topic that I keep returning to is that people in the past had to be clever because they had fewer …

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