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Strong-Wall® Bracing Selector

The Strong-Wall Bracing Selector (SWBS) provides pre-engineered Strong-Wall alternatives to code-prescribed braced wall panels. Strong-Wall model numbers and foundation anchorage designs are determined to meet job specific requirements and provide the narrowest bracing solutions possible. This app can be used with the Wall-Bracing-Length Calculator: Start with the WBLC to determine wall bracing length requirements then export project information and bracing requirements to the SWBS.

Project Information

Project Name
Project Address
Project City, State, Zip
Braced-Wall Line ID
Enter the wall line identification for which bracing requirements will be considered. If using the Strong-Wall Bracing Selector in conjunction with the Wall Bracing Length Calculator, the pre-populated braced-wall lines from which to choose are from the same level, and only indicate parallel wall lines, i.e., side-to-side or front-to-back.
 
Total Length of Wall Bracing Required
Please enter a valid number.
ft
Total Length of Qualifying Code Wall Bracing
Please enter a valid number.
ft
Remaining Wall Bracing Required

Project Inputs

Jobsite Category
Please select a Jobsite Category.
Application
Please select an Application.
The application defines the location and type of installation of the braced-wall panel within the structure. Strong-Wall Shearwalls may be used for first story and two-story stacked applications or in cases where balloon framing is used such as two-story great rooms. Site built braced-wall panels must be used at the 2nd story if not using a two-story stacked Strong-Wall, and at the 3rd story.
Foundation Type
Please select the Foundation Type.
Concrete Foundation Strength
Please select the Concrete Foundation Strength.
1st Story Wall Height
Please select the 1st Story Wall Height.
Select the nominal wall height of the 1st story wall framing. For Garage Front Applications, 7 ft, 7.4 ft (SSW only), and 8 ft Strong-Wall portal models are installed with the garage header on top of the strongwall. Alternatively, standard Strong-Wall models extending to the underside of the top plates may be used at garage fronts when a full height wall is needed or desired. In general, Strong-Wall options are provided based on the nominal height of the framing to which the top of the panel will be fastened.

Strong-Wall Product Information

Strong-Wall Type
Please select the Strong-Wall Type.
Select the Simpson Strong-Tie Panel type(s) that will be presented as available solutions. When the Strong-Wall Type is limited based on previous Project Input selections, this drop‐down is automatically populated with the applicable wall type and disabled.
Strong-Wall Location
Please select the Strong-Wall Location.
Available Wall Space
Please select Available Wall Space.
Indicate the length of the widest available full-height wall segment(s) within a braced-wall line that is(are) not being used for code wall bracing. These are typically wall segments not wide enough to accommodate the required minimum length of braced-wall panels defined in Tables R602.10.3 and R602.10.3.1 of the 2009 IRC and Tables R602.10.5 and R602.10.5.2 of the 2012 IRC. If no Strong-Wall solutions are available based on the length selected, code bracing may need to be replaced with a Strong-Wall enabling a longer available wall space to be selected.
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