One of these houses looks like yours. Learn what your seismic retrofit contractor must do.
Hillside homes can literally kill you if they are not retrofitted. Seismic retrofit contractors and engineers rarely know what to do. Find out why these retrofits are different from every other type of retrofit and must use a special building code from Los Angeles.Read More
“Soft story” homes with living areas above a garage are hazardous because the garage door openings can collapse, with catastrophic consequences. Soft story retrofits prevent this kind of damage. Find out what your seismic retrofit contractor needs to do.Read More
All that glitters is not gold. Find out if earthquake insurance is worth the money and California Earthquake Authority’s own admission they don’t have enough money to cover anticipated losses. A good seismic retrofit is probably all you need to avoid the disaster.Read More
Some seismic retrofit contractors might try and tell you to do work that is not necessary. Only a few critical connections must be strengthened. Discover common misconceptions about seismic retrofitting and why a little research pays off.Read More
There are a lot of misunderstandings by contractors and engineers about retrofit foundation bolts. Understanding what they do, the different types, and where and how to install them will save you a lot of money and at the same time give you a better retrofit.Read More
Shear walls can be quickly destroyed when an earthquake tries to turn them over like a cart wheel. This video and web page will show you what overturning forces are, how they damage shear walls, and how to prevent this damage with simple, easy to install hardware.Read More