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RE: "Special" K-Joist vs. KCS Joist

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All joist are designed, at least those done by reputable joist mfgs.  If you
don't believe me, just ask the joist supplier for his design calculations.
As far as turning one around backward, they come tagged just like the rest
of the joist.

Brian K. Smith, P.E.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Kestner [mailto:jkestner(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Friday, September 01, 2000 5:05 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Re: "Special" K-Joist vs. KCS Joist
> >From what I have heard, a special joist with the loading diagram is more
> cost effective in material , however, it may increase the delivery time
> since it has to go to the engineering dept. to be designed. If you have
> all standard joists on the job, then it can go right into fabrication
> and possibly save a couple of weeks.  If schedule is important, then go
> with the KCS joists.
> This brings up another question that I have often wondered about. If you
> have a special joist, are the web members layed out so they are
> symmetrical? How easy is it for the erector to get it turned end for
> end?
> Would it be a good idea to ask the joist supplier to lay it out
> symmetrically? Obviously, this may be another good reason to use KCS
> joists.
> Jim Kestner, P.E.
> Green Bay, Wi.

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