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My understanding of "turn-of-the-nut method" is one of a number of methods
to achieve a particular pretenstion in the bolt.  Also, the turn of the nut
method requires "calibration" using a device such as a Skidmore-Wilhelm Bolt
Tension Calibrator.   This basically equates the turn-of-the nut with a
given pretension force..... I would think it would add considerable expense
to the job..... unless you need specific pretensioned connections go with
"snug - tight"....
Robert C. Rogers, PE 

Woolpert LLP 


-----Original Message-----
From: Ron Hill [  <mailto:ronhill(--nospam--at)> mailto:ronhill(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, January 19, 2001 1:19 PM
To: Seaint@Seaint. Org
Subject: Bolt Tightening

I recall from AISC edition 7 that the preferred method of tightening
structural bolts for bearing connections was the turn-of-nut method.

Looking at ASD and LRFD current editions, the method for bearing connections
is called snug tight.  I prefer the turn-of-nut method and wonder if this
requirement is an undue expense for the erector.  Does anyone have a feel
for the cost difference????


Ron Hill, P.E.
HILL Consulting Engineering
Birmingham, Alabama  USA
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