EarthboundThe Earthbound System contains innovative patent pending methods and patented shrinkage compensating devices. An anchor bolt in the foundation is connected to a threaded rod that runs through the load bearing or shear walls of the structure. The application of the Impasse Device is used every floor (the load application of the Impasse Device can skip floors depending upon the load requirements) to connect the rod sections and allows for shrinkage movement in the structure.
At the top of each holdown run an Impasse Device serves as the completed connection effectively creating a continuous steel rod connection through the structure.
Through the use of the Impasse Device in the Earthbound System, the system will keep working to keep a tight seismic connection even after gypboard or sheetrock is in place.