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RE: Lateral Bracing of Steel Beam

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This is more than sufficient lateral bracing. In fact, the diaphragm
nailing - assuming that it is secured to the nailer above the beam (if you
did not weld the hangers) creates continuous lateral support.

Dennis Wish PE

-----Original Message-----
From: Suresh [mailto:suresh(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 1998 8:58 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Lateral Bracing of Steel Beam

Interested in knowing your opinion:
Do you think wood joists hanging from a nailer (using Simpson top-flange
hangers) bolted to the top flange of a W-section beam provide enough
lateral bracing to the top compression flange to qualify it as a
contiuouslly braced beam? Joists occur on one or both sides of the

Your opinion is highly appreciated. Thank you.