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Reading A Building - Wood Frame Construction

03/28/2005
By John W. MittendorfWood frame construction may be the most common type of construction in the country. Every community has these structures as they have been built since the 1700s. Virtually every portion of wood frame structures is capable of burning with rapid fire spread. Common considerations follow.Type and SizeOn your initial size-up, does this building fall into the classification of a residential or a commercial type of structure? If it is a residential, consider the following types:Single story, single family dwelling;Multiple story, single family dwelling;Center hallway residential;Garden apartment residential;Any of the above with or without a basementIf it is a commercial, c...

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