i have learned the hard way that MOST carpenters overdrive the fasteners, so have a talk with your guys on nail schedules and cranked up compressors.
I just wanted to make my first post and Say "Hi"
And I am pumped about the World Cup..First game is South Africa vs Mexico.. I got to say I am rooting for South Africa..
Who are you rooting for?
I hope to talk with some of you.
So Bye for now..................
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The answer is no. Because backerboard is not for that purpose.
Hardie has exterior products: http://www.jameshardie.com/homeowner/products-exterior.shtml
Some of their products are sort of like concrete.
The term "backerboard" usually refers to the material that goes under ceramic tile.
Perhaps you would simply be interested in a concrete house. This is very possible. And with the proper (above ground) construction will survive a direct tornado hit.
Concrete is not as expensive as you might believe. Do I know someone who does that? Yes. 913 662 1114
Fixing OSB and nailing 16" on center epecially at the corners of structure give it its rigidity. Harding plank at 1/ 2inch and in it's siding form would not improve structure alone. Osb as the sheathing and Harding plank as the facia would help, brick facia also. Straps on the base plates nailed into the slab can prevent twisiting & Lifting of the frame of the frame this compliments the nailing of the sole plate. There is alot of wind shear design going on in architecture right now especially in high rised & commercial. In residential we still insist on placing a box on the prarie and hope nature will forgive us.
In GA I am seeing more and more poured basement pan & well structures under the proch. This provides an almost bunker type protection. Hope This Helps.