patent number 5761863
The present invention is directed to structural molding members and to a structural molding system designed to retroactively connect together walls, the roof, floors, and the foundation of a preexisting house or building. The structural members are for reinforcing a building so that all external forces applied to the building are transferred to the foundation. The structural molding members are particularly useful for preventing damage to the building when the building is exposed to high winds and seismic activity. In general, the structural molding members include a support bracket that is mounted directly to the exterior surfaces of a building and connected to internal frame components. The support bracket can then be covered with a molding member, a light fixture, or the like to provide an aesthetic appeal to the reinforcing structure.
Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
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