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I'm designing the connections and base fixity for a fountain structure composed of stainless steel & glass. I had a couple of questions that perhaps someone could help me with.

Q1: What thicknesses of plate are readily available for stainless steel? A range from gage metal to some thickness would be good. to know

Q2: AWS D1.1 says that the governing code for Stainless Steel is AWS D1.6 which I don't have available. I have a simple question as to whether or not it is permissable to weld stainless to A36 plate without having to perform any special preheats and the like.

Thanks in advance.

Gerard Madden, P.E.
Civil Engineer

Middlebrook + Louie, Structural Engineers
71 Stevenson Street, Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94105
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