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Name: gary henry
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Date: Around 1993

What principles should we learn before we build a weight-bearing structure?

This is not my area of expertise but I would think that the foundation may be a place to start, including a soil analysis. I know that the soil is an important part of the overall foundation. Next you could be concerned with the compressive strength of the materials that you are planning to use for the walls and if you live in an earthquake zone then a design which takes into account the possibility of a horizontally acting oscillatory force would be in order. I would check a Civil Engineering Handbook, looking under "construction" or foundations and earthquake design.

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