You have provided an excellent example of localized higher than normal
wind pressures due to wind vortexes at places where there is a shape
change. This is addressed in IBC2003/ASCE 7-02 with load factors for
localized pressures running as much as twice the pressures for the
structure as a whole.
Wall corners, rake edges, and eaves/soffits are all subject to this
As for your proposed solution, I concur that a positive connection in the
form of nails or screws painted to match the surrounding surface would add
quite a bit of strength to the soffit panel connection.
Bob Morrison, PE, SE
R L Morrison Engineering Co
You have some damn good ideas IMO, Don. I save a lot of your posts. I
never would have thought of this and I betcha that you don't have a lot of
company regarding folks who thought of it.
I bet you could definitely write a book. I dunno about FEMA tho', they
can't even do what they're supposed to be doing now.
Actually, here's another idea (to make some $$, one hopes ;) ):
Interactive CD or CVD presentation.
You write the content. Take some photos maybe.
Your DVD-dood creates or commissions additional illustrations, renders,
etc., organizes your data to optimize it for interactive CD/DVD, structures
the presentation, does the interface, and the other bits of things needed
to create interactive disks.
It can accompany a companion book, or you could offer each separately.
I'd wanted to do something like that as a sort of interactive encyclopedia
of gardening with native plants and their cultivars, but I don't know
"entrepenurial" stuff like marketing or how to get funded or any of that.
But my whole idea would be to make the info (native spp, or hurricane
proofing, or etc.) accessible across a wide spectrum of people. It's an
offshoot of Francis D.K. Ching's great books, where there ilustrations and
the words go hand-in-hand to make construction and other architectural
topics accessible to both pros and lay people. I thik it'd be great to
expand on his idea and offer a variety of images (as above, photos,
schematics, and renders) that compliment, and are complimented by, text.
Another good thing about Ching's books is that the text and images balance
out in terms of quantity/emhasis, AND, even more, his writing style is
intelligent but casual, IOW easily understood, practical, CLEAR.
I think you have a lot of good ideas - a number of the folks here do - and
I think it'd be a *great* idea to create interactive disks with companion
books to present those ideas, bring them to life for a wide audience.
I think it'd also be a lot of fun but I prob. just need a life <LOL!>
Ah, I found it - thanks, I never know that was available.
I've known a couple people who did presentations in the past but I got of
touch and don't knwo whether they're still doing that sort of work.
Then there is sales/marketing ... that's a peculiar talent (one which I do
not posess - I always had the lowest numbers - decided I was far better at
being a data weenie).
Practically speaking, a large part of the challenge is the time it takes to
do something like that because of the great many differnt functions
required. Personally, my advantage is that I don't have kids or piles of
relatives demanding my attention. But still, the time has to be taken away
from other things, meaning that one has to hire someone do do those things,
which takes $$. Then there are supplies and possibly software. That also
And if one has to work with others, they have to be paid, plus one has to
accomidate their schedules and backlogs. Again, takes $$.
And if one gets a loan, but the thing doesn't sell (or you don't know how
to market it, same difference), well, you still have to pay back the loan.
It's complex and really easy to get oneself deeply in debt. And if you
have to work with other people...that's its own barrel of worms.
IOW, for a project like that, it's more than finding a publisher - it's
finding the funding. And then managing the project. While trying to avoid
biting off more than one can chew =:-o
Not that the above things are undoable, just that it's too time-consuming
and complex to do gratis.
OTOH for finished things, and smaller projects (i.e. that don't require
funding), the Amazon.com service seems like it could be really nifty, so
thanks for that info :)
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