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How to Read a Typical Alpine Component Drawing

Need to know how to read a truss drawing? Each section of a typical Alpine component drawing is explained in detail.

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Lessons of Hurricane Andrew

We learned a few lessons from Hurricane Andrew. Charlie Hoover, P.E. explains the hurricane and the effects of wind.

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Roof Truss Span Tables

View selected roof truss span tables here (PDF 1 MB).

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Floor Truss Span Tables

View selected floor truss span tables here (PDF 1 MB).

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Glossary of Truss Terms

Everything you need to know about truss terminology is explained here.

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Designing For Wind

Find out more information on designing for wind – By Bruce Feldmann, P.E. – Earth City Engineer.

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Master Software Products Glossary Documentation

“How-to” instructions for the use of the ADH Documentation and the glossary terms are presented here.

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Identification of Shopdrawing Properties

This documentation identifies the information provided on shopdrawings.

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Wood Truss Products and Information

MOMENT RESISTANCE: Why Bigger Plates Are a Good Thing

This article authored by Dave Brakeman, P.E., S.E. explains the impact of bending moment forces.

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Ceiling Floor Partitions

This article provides an update on ceiling/floor separation incidents.

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The Pros and Cons of Camber

The pros and cons of camber are discussed.

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To Bear or Not To Bear

The pros and cons of using partition walls as bearings.

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Wood Truss Information

Metal plate connected wood truss inspection explained.

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A/E Suggested Specs for Wood Trusses

Suggested Architectural Specification Section 06192 – Fabricated Wood Truses.

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Considerations in Specifying a Connection for Horizontal Movement

This article covers the factors relating to the horizontal movement of a structural element and reviews considerations in the design of the overall building.

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Consideration in the Selection and Specification of a Commercially Produced Hanger for Truss to Truss Connections

This article reviews some of the considerations necessary to properly specify hangers for truss to truss connections.

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Designing to Reduce Floor Vibrations in Wood Floors

The requirements of truss design codes provide a safe structure, but may result in an unacceptable vibration performance.

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Movement in Wood Structures

Learn more about how wood structures are constantly “on the move.”

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Special Loads on Trusses: Folding Partitions

Beware! Do not ignore the loads from folding partitions.

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Why Specify Our Wood Truss Component Systems?

Alpine trusses are used in one of every four homes built in the U.S. today. Find out why.

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