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  • #13924
    FynrDzynrFynrDzynr
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    Is it possible to read the applicable building codes for what’s commonly referred to as Tornado Alley?
    avagr8day
    Merv

    #13925
    Conweconwe
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    Yes Merv,

    I will see if i can get a couple links for you. Some of the counties actually have their own increased building codes to make it  stronger.

    Conrad

     

     

    #13940
    Conweconwe
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    Safe Rooms | FEMA.gov   

    • This reply was modified 9 months ago by Conweconwe.
    #13942
    Conweconwe
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    Merv,

    Not sure why i can’t do anything after i pasted in that link. had to submit and start over couldn’t even edit it. Did something wrong 🙂

    That is a link with the safe room requirments. and the next will be building codes which doesn’t have much in for tornado other than wind speeds. That would be under chapter 3 which is building planning then go to storm shelters and then click on the different stuff like wind load ETC.

    https://up.codes/viewer/kansas/irc-2018

    But as for further codes and recommendation you have to talk with every township for the actual requirements to see how hard it needs to be tied down . I never did a house in Kansas but the people i work with did one about a year ago. Some townships have a PDF with the requirements but sorry i don’t have one of those.

    Conrad

    #13969
    FynrDzynrFynrDzynr
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    Thanks Conrad! That’s gunna keep me occupied for the foreseeable future . . .

    #13997
    Conweconwe
    Participant

    Merv,

    If you get bored tell me then I’ll put the Oklahoma code book on for you to:)

    Conrad

    #14002
    FynrDzynrFynrDzynr
    Participant

    I need some distraction already!

    #14005
    Conweconwe
    Participant

    https://up.codes/codes/oklahoma

    The code link for the entire United states (just click on the states) Now you be distracted for the 365 days:)

    Conrad

     

    #14015
    FynrDzynrFynrDzynr
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    Oklahoma seems to be pretty popular with tornadoes so I had a quick browse.
    In Oklahoma, Table R602.3(1), item 6, Rafter or roof truss to plate . . .
    Does that mean no matter what the truss is spanning (20′, 40′ or even 60′) all that’s required to tie that truss down is 2x 3.5″ nails skewed in from 1 side and another 3.5″ nail skewed in from the other side?
    Would 24″ centres be typical truss spacing there?
    All our tie-down is governed by the area being held down (in square metres) multiplied by the uplift pressure in kPa
    Stratco has a design guide to help determine the relevant uplift pressure. All Aussie roofing manufacturers have similar guides.The type of fixing is also determined by the Joint Group rating of the top plate and truss timber (the weaker of the two)

    #14017
    Conweconwe
    Participant

    Yeah it looks like it. but that wouldn’t work most places because most township make you use special Truss or rafter hangers to fasten them and those i hear are really tied down. But something to keep in mind almost all truss companies send there own fasteners along we use the Simpson H2.5 Clips or a hurricane tie-down strap (pic below is the H2.5 clips) So I’m guessing they use they use something similar.

    Yes trusses are always @ 24″ O.C.

    Thanks for sharing that Stratco design guide. Want to check it out more later when i have time.

    Conrad

     

     

    • This reply was modified 9 months ago by Conweconwe.
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    #14111
    Conweconwe
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    Hey Merv,

    Wanted to tell you I’m working on a 40’x50′ Cabin That is going to be built at high altitude and needs to be Rated for 150mph winds and heavy snow loads. and he wants all codes tripled and it will get 9000 to 10,000′ of rebar along with 225 cubic feet of concrete. This will get 3 times the hurricane straps and simpsons clips and the straps will be connected to rebar that he wants going all the way from the footer to the roof . This guy dreamed about it for a long time is telling us exactly what he wants in it.

    Just thought you might find it interesting.

    Conrad

    #14114
    FynrDzynrFynrDzynr
    Participant

    Always interested!
    Wall structure?
    Roof structure?
    What would be the risk of flying debris up there? Once the building envelope is punctured, high wind can do so much more damage.

    #14122
    Conweconwe
    Participant

    12″ concrete walls in basement. (the footing are 2’x2′ with 8 rows of rebar)

    First floor is heavy steel decking, with wire mesh and rebar 12″o.c. each way and stained conc. roughly 5″ thick floor system.

    walls and roof system are 8 1/4″ SIP panel which are very strong and have great insulation.

    Yes you are correct I’m not sure what is the point in it either but he knows exactly what he wants and thats what he’s getting.

    Conrad

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