This is an over 80 year old house near the sea, so the nails will be
getting a bit weak. It is built on stilts 5 to 7 feet tall, with mainly
vertical outer covering for this `basement'. The basement has hardly any
internal walls, except some flimsy rooms at one end. It has a few diagonal
wooden steadiers at teh other end.
We do get some quakes here and once the steeple top was knocked off our
200 ft cathedral. Quite a bit of quake restance strengthening has been
going on in big old buildings. New big ones tend to be built on rubber and
lead `base isolators'?
A diagonal wooden strut will bend a bit under compression and allow some
flexibilty one way, but will not stretch. I suppose quake forced
oscillation will work with the strut straight as one maximum. Is it better
to preserve some flexibility by having all the diagonal struts parallel?
The house has a brick chimney, too, and is on sand.