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Unformatted text preview: 5. Steel beams and laminated beams are preferred to solid wood beams because they are easier to work with. Longer spans can be accomplished with glue-laminated beams because they can be custom made to a specific length. With solid wood beams a tree must be found that s long enough to accomplish the span. 6. Platform framed buildings have special bracing to combat wind and earthquake forces. These bracings include special clips and extra 2 x 4 that run diagonally throughout the framing. 7. Building codes take into account the highly combustible natural of light wood framing by requiring different types of fire prevent methods. One method is a firewall. The firewall is a wall that is constructed of a non-combustible material that separates structures in order to help slow the spread of the fire....
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- Spring '08