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I don't know for sure, but I believe that Bethlehem does not make the bolts
any more.  But I believe that Ingersol Rand still makes the tool as do other
tool manufacturers.  It's been awhile since I installed them, but I believe
that the twist off bolt is universal and will fit any of the installation
Another manufacturer is T. S. Bolts and Tools by the Bristol Machine Co. in
Walnut, California 800-798-9321.
On another thread I noticed the DTI load indicating washer.  It too is a
good product, but the iron workers prefer the twist offs because:
    1.  The LeJeune gun is electric not pneumatic.  No long air hose or
compressor.  The electric gun is lighter and the chord is lighter.
    2.  The LeJeune gun is not an impact tool and can be handled with one
    3.  You can see if the bolt is tight by long distance observation.
The structural engineers generally prefer the DTI's because of the
perception that if in the process of tightening a bolt group, a bolt is
relieved of tension, it can be seen in the gap.  That perception may not be
accurate.  The deformation in the dimples of the DTI is a plastic
deformation.  That is the reason you can not reuse them.
In any bolt "tensioning" process, the bolts in the entire group must be
brought to snug tight prior to final tensioning.  Proper tensioning requires
special inspection to confirm the process. 
Harold Sprague, P.E.
The Neenan Company 
harold.sprague <mailto:harold.sprague(--nospam--at)>

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Rollo [mailto:rrollo(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, January 14, 1999 11:45 AM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: RE: Shear-off bolted connection

does bethlehem still mfr the LIB system, with the ingersol rand tool ? 
are they compatible ? 

	-----Original Message----- 
From:   Harold Sprague [SMTP:harold.sprague(--nospam--at)] 
Sent:   Thursday, January 14, 1999 12:40 PM 
To:     'seaint(--nospam--at)' 
Subject:        RE: Shear-off bolted connection 

	Contact the LeJeune Bolt Co. in Minnesota @ 800-872-2658.  They
handle the 
bolts and the installation tools.  
Harold Sprague, P.E. 
The Neenan Company 
harold.sprague(--nospam--at) < mailto:harold.sprague(--nospam--at)
<mailto:harold.sprague(--nospam--at)> >  

	-----Original Message----- 
From: Maria I. Falconi [ mailto:maisabel(--nospam--at)
<mailto:maisabel(--nospam--at)> ] 
Sent: Thursday, January 14, 1999 11:56 AM 
To: seaint(--nospam--at) 
Subject: Shear-off bolted connection 

	Dear Colleagues, 
  I need to find information about a type of bolted construction that 
involves bolts that have a spigot at the end of the thread which shears off 
at tightening when the required torque is reached.        
  Special power drivers are used to install bolts in this fashion.  I need 
to find out about purchasing and/or renting these machines. 
  I got a hold of a brochure from RTB Tooling (Rapid Tension Bolts) which 
talks about these tools but I don't have enough information (no phone 
number, etc). 
  The description of how the RTB works is as follows: 
"After the connection is fitted, the outer socket of the tool applies a 
clockwise rotational force to the nut as the inner socket applies a counter 
clockwise force to the spline.  When the fastener exceeds the required 
tension, the spline end will shear". 
  I would greatly appreciate any information on where to get a hold of 
suppliers of this type of equipment, in the States or in South America.  I'm

looking at erecting a 10-story steel building with this system (1200 tonnes 
of steel involved) and I urgently need to price the purchase or lease of 13 
of these power drivers. 
Maria I. Falconi 
Guayaquil, Ecuador 

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