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Braced and Bolted

February 23rd, 2012


Progress on the pile alignment was evident on today’s visit to the site on Ocean Blvd. in N. Myrtle Beach. The LVL girder system is being notched into the pilings as the crew works it’s way around the final adjustments on the pilings. The next step will be setting the 20″ deep floor trusses on top of the girder framework, sheath the floor with 3/4″ T+G, awaiting a crane hoist to set the bundles of the 1st floor wall panels onto the infrastructure. This set of panels are unsheathed mainly due to the weight. The 20″ deep floor trusses make mechanical trades work much eaiser due to the wide panel lengths. A panel is basically two diagonal webs or one vertical / one diagonal. Flex duct winds it’s way easily from point A to B. There are still a few areas where 20″ LVL’s are raised into the floor system which has the tendency to block off mechanical runs. This is where planning differenciates component construction from conventional framing. The continuous load paths originating from the roof, through the walls and floors, to the foundation are calculated, analyzed, and designed by both the truss and panel designers. What is delivered to the jobsite has been reviewed and approved by the general contractor from the shop drawings and layouts provided. The outcome is predictable results by working the plan.

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Oceanfront

February 14th, 2012


Pilings are set for the next component construction house in North Myrtle Beach, 109 Ocean Blvd. A small 9 unit building was removed to make way for this two story house going up right in the thick of all the action come summer. The pilings are 26″-0″ long awaiting the setting of the LVL girder system tomorrow, which is the same day as the first and second floor trusses arrive. Wall panel deliveries are beginning on Monday 2/20 and will conclude on the 21st as there is sure to be multiple loads. The exterior walls on this structure are 2×6 with 9′- 1 1/2″ plate height on the first floor and 10′- 1 1/2″ on the second story. We use galvanized nails for protection of the corrosive elements presented by salt air, not only on this ocean front house, but any house within 25 miles of the coastline. The panels will arrive unsheathed make them slightly less heavy because of the heights that need to be dealt with on this type of construction. Babb Custom Homes, in charge of the entire plan, will utilize a crane to lift the panel stacks to the appropriate level. The cost of the crane is factored into the costs of construction ensuring the safety of his crew and the integrity of the preassembled wall panels. Not everyone involved with component construction uses this logic but I believe in the interest of time and safety it is the correct approach. Much more later once the construction process unfolds.


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