Earthquake Retrofit Is Easier Than You Think

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Earthquake retrofit issues and ideas:

Earthquakes can cause major property damage to home and property, damage that can lead to serious injuries or even death for occupants. It’s important to take steps to earthquake retrofit / protect your home and those of clients from an earthquake.

A recent earthquake in the Boston area that was small but shook the ground got me thinking about all of the old and historic wood-framed structures that are here in New England and how many of them are not built to code.

When earthquakes shake the ground, the buildings may move in different directions which is what causes separations in the structure. If the connections (anchorage) between concrete or reinforced masonry walls, wood floors, and roof are weak, walls can pull away and the roof can collapse. Newer building codes address many of the connections discussed here, but there are still many homes with little to no protection other than gravity or maybe a few old and rusty nails.

As carpenters, contractors and builders it’s our job to ensure what we build is done to code and done safely.   If you’re working on an older home or structure there are many earthquake retrofit solutions you can employ to reinforce and protect the building from collapse.

READ MORE to identify:

  • Common residential structural issues
  • How to improve a homes resiliency
  • How to identify potential structural issues
  • Costs for an earthquake retrofit


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Robert Robillard is the editor of the blog, A Concord Carpenter, Assistant Editor of Tool Box Buzz and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts. Rob hosts the Concord Carpenter... Read more

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