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Thanks Thor,
But if were to do this, I might as well stick to Tube steel beams. Rick Drake recommended that I download the AISC availability chart from AISC which I did. The sections that I have been specifying are not uncommon sections and seem to have a number of suppliers listed. This, in my opinion, is the most economical choice.
I had been doing these types of designs since last April and only once or twice have we received calls from contractors who complained about the availability of the steel I specified. When I checked the sections - there did not seem to be a problem with obtaining these sections. I think the contractor failed to order materials on time and figured that he could come up with an alternative section over-night.
Thanks for the information.
-----Original Message-----
From: vicpeng [mailto:vicpeng(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 1999 11:31 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Need some help with Light Gauge Built-up beams

If you have any head room above the "beam" you might try a built up "deep beam" using the LGSF as chords and plywood, or other sheathing (metal?), for the shear web?  Depending on assembly restrictions screws and/or welding are feasible connection options.

Thor A Tandy P.Eng, MCSCE
Victoria BC
e-mail: vicpeng(--nospam--at)
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Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 1999 10:26 AM
Subject: Need some help with Light Gauge Built-up beams