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Protect Your Home With a Basic Seismic Retrofit

Strengthening a home in earthquake country means anchoring it to its foundation and adding site-built shear walls

For homeowners living in seismic zones, there's no knowing for sure when the next big one will hit. According to structural engineer Thor Matteson, though, you can protect your house with a basic seismic retrofit. This type of work won't make a house earthquakeproof, but it will help to minimize damage. Some of the basic steps include connecting the mudsill's to the house's foundation; securing the floors to the tops of the walls; and building shear walls. This article includes a sidebar on ineffective retrofit methods.

 

 

Protect Your Home With a Basic Seismic Retrofit
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