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  1. sunsen

    holdowns

    Yes, we are not allowed to wet set foundation bolts or holdowns in the silicon valley area or any of northern CA that I'm aware of.
  2. sunsen

    holdowns

    Wet set means sticking the holdowns in position as you pour. We used to do this out on Maui. In CA holdowns have to be secured in place prior to pouring. Foundation bolts as well. Much better practice.
  3. sunsen

    holdowns

    No worries. I know Richard Morrison does his own calculations and gets on here from time to time so perhaps he'd know. Thanks anyway.
  4. sunsen

    lightweight veneers

    I believe Laticrete has a system whereby you can use a fluid applied membrane over concrete or block, apply a scratch coat of their proprietary material and adhere lightweight veneers directly to that. No lathing required which means no penetrating the membrane. What I'm wondering is whether or not anyone has come across examples of lightweight veneers that aren't designed to look like stone. I can't seem to find any examples of this sort of thing by searching the internet but maybe someone on here would know about more contemporary variations on veneer products. Thanks, Tom
  5. sunsen

    holdowns

    I'm building in California, on the side of a mountain. I suppose the abbreviation CA could mean Canada as well, although I wasn't aware of that. So when you put a footing under a load bearing interior wall, do you preset threaded rod in the footings so they can grab the bottom plate that sits on the slab? I'm thinking the footings would be below the slab, which would be done in a monolithic pour, for convenience sake. I know we're not allowed to wet set foundation bolts but I've never seen what I'm talking about done before.
  6. sunsen

    holdowns

    Okay. Are there any structural engineers, and/or architects, on this forum who know the answer to my question?
  7. sunsen

    holdowns

    I have a question for an architect out there who is familiar with CA building codes. I'm planning using concrete block for the exterior walls of a house. I'm figuring on digging some footings, building the exterior walls, then pouring 4" of concrete for interior floors. What I'm wondering about is interior walls. Should I be planning on footings underneath all the interior walls? If so, is it typical to place threaded rod in those footings that will extended up through the slab in order to anchor the interior walls. I'm sure some of those walls will be structural when it comes to the roof. I've built structural slabs before, which would resolve the issue, but in this instance I don't want the elevation gain. Thanks, Tom
  8. sunsen

    creating symbol

    One more question. Is it normal that symbols don't show up in cross section views? The symbol seems to do just fine in camera views and even the orthographic view but no sign of it in the clipped cross section or cross section views. The reason I had to use a symbol is because I had a 3D shape for a soffit on a building that had to be tilted to align with the roof. The molding polylines I used for the same application on the flat roof sections of the structure display as you'd expect.
  9. sunsen

    creating symbol

    Thanks all. That did the trick.
  10. sunsen

    creating symbol

    Hello everyone, I'm attempting to create a symbol from a molding polyline. I open a new plan, draw a rectangle, convert it to a molding polyline, take a full camera view, convert that to a symbol via the tool menu, store it in the library then attempt to use it. The problem arises when I store it in the library browser. The symbol doesn't look like the 3D object I took the camera view of. Instead, it appears as four of them joined together in a chain, which makes it fairly useless in the drawing I'm attempting to make. Any ideas as to what I'm doing wrong? Thanks, Tom
  11. sunsen

    plot plan bearing/distance text size

    Great! Thank you Joe.
  12. Anybody know how to adjust the size of the text for a plot plan on a large parcel? Reads awfully small when sent to layout but I'm unable to find a way to change it. Thanks, Tom
  13. sunsen

    stone veneer

    That guide is great rlackore! Just what I was looking for! Thanks!
  14. sunsen

    stone veneer

    Thanks rlackore. I'll have a good look at the guide you suggested. I was actually thinking of using the spray on application, (concentrate). Using it as an admix up where I'm building might be a problem due to all the things you mentioned. I'll have a look at the guide you recommended. I sure like the idea that you pour the wall, treat with Xypex, and you're ready to go. Impregnable. Termites be damned. I'm not too worried about warranty issues and if my mason helps out he'll be totally cool. He keeps hinting that he wants to come up and do it but I keep telling him I can't afford him, heh, heh.
  15. sunsen

    stone veneer

    I figured since there are so many architects on here this might be a good place to ask this question. I'm thinking of building a structure out of concrete. Does anyone know of a detail whereby stone veneer is attached directly to the 8" thick concrete exterior walls? Will something like Xypex work as a moisture barrier? How would insulation work? Thanks, Tom