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- From: engrathm(--nospam--at)ix.netcom.com
- Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 14:19:13 -0600 (CST)
Engineers run into the problem of loads all the time. Once when answering a call for a structural inspection from a newly wed couple who wanted to sue their contractor for not building their new home properly. The newly married couple proceeded to showed me to the bedroom which was indeed showing evidance of floor damage. The bride looked me in the eye and said with a straight face. The salesman said that the water bed did not weight any more than a refrigerator. Further conversation with the couple brought forth the additional information that the salesman had said per square foot. When I pointed out that the analogy was only good if you put one refrigerator side by side over the entire area that the bed covered and that refrigerators did not move. (they both turned red) They moved the bed to the first floor and asked the contractor to repair the floor for extra compensation. Another time a local news paper asked me to check out the second floor of an old building they had purchased for additional storage. Pre Computer - News Papers kept several copies of each print in their morgue. These were staked one on top of another to a height of 6'+ with three foot isles between stakes and wire frame walls to give backing to the stakes work out the loads for your self wall to wall was 25', floor was 3/4" oak plank on full cut 2x12 setting on one width of an 18" brick wall no Steel, first floor was shops, second was storage, third and forth were offices I said it was an old building. I ended up designing them a new one story warehouse slab on grade. Rob Stevens, P.E.
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