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Lots of Catch-Up

Metrostudy Chief Economist Brad Hunter offers his take on one aspect of the housing recovery: lot development. More

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Lots of Steel

I'm working on a building that is designed with piers on either side of a 6-foot-wide door. Each pier has four #8 vertical bars in each block (two in each cell), and the engineer is requiring #3 stirrups at 8 inches on center. It would be a lot easier if I could use #9 wire to make the stirrups. If I use the same amount of steel, is that acceptable? More

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