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Horizontal Hold Downs

Horizontal Hold Downs

Horizontal Hold Downs are used in many seismic retrofits, especially in houses with stepped foundation, where  installing a plywood shear wall is not a good option.  This is usually due to  limited access or because the foundation steps on a very dangerous hillside home are so steep that plywood shear walls simply won’t work.

Here you can see the earthquake is trying to pull the house away from the foundation and down the hill.   This pulling action is transferred to the Horizontal Hold Down which in turn pulls on the foundation where the force is resisted.

Horizontal Hold Down Hillside











In the photo to the right the red arrow is the concrete, the blue arrow points to where a long threaded steel rod is embedded into the concrete, the white arrow is a nut that keeps the Horizontal Hold Down shown by the green arrow from moving.

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