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Re: Foundation Tie Beam Splices

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It'll cost a bit of a premium, but you can lap them if they're #11 or
smaller.  Look at ACI 318, and the commentary, on "lap splices".  You'll
want a class "B" splice.  

Fountain E. Conner, P.E.
Gulf Breeze, Fl. 32561

> From: Connor, John A NWK <John.A.Connor(--nospam--at)>
> To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
> Subject: Foundation Tie Beam Splices
> Date: Wednesday, September 15, 1999 2:18 PM
> I am designing a tension tie beam for a foundation to resist the
> thrust from the moment frames.  I have a Structural Engineering Handbook;
> (by Gaylord) which says that lap splices for the tie beam reinforcement
> not permitted by Code.  The handbook says to use mechanical splices,
> Cadweld, or butt-welded splices and to stagger the splices by 30 inches.
> Does anyone know where this requirement is called out?  Which Code?  I've
> been digging through the UBC and ACI but I haven't had much luck.  Anyone
> familiar with this requirement?
> Thanks,
> John Connor
> Kansas City, MO