My first thought would be to try and convince the architect this is a
bad idea. Assuming you have already attempted that (you probably
wouldn't be here if you haven't). My bet is the architect is worried
about water getting in the joint. If you can provide him with a detail
that will solve his problem, you might have better luck. We aren't
supposed to do their job, but sometimes it's required to make our life
If the above doesn't work, one option could be to pre-drill the "loose"
end of the deck and place LSS holes for screws. This will maintain
uplift capacity and allow for slippage. It won't help if you need to
attach to joist wall for diaphragm shear though....
Jake Watson, E.I.T.
Salt Lake City, UT
Fariborz Tehrani wrote:
> Dear Colleagues,
> I'm working on the possibility of having one common
> roof, i.e. metal deck, over two adjacent buildings.
> Although there is a separation joint between two
> buildings, the architect prefers the meal deck to be
> in one piece without joint. I'm thinking about having
> sliding bearing support on one building &/or a big
> cantilever over that. Joint separation is 4" and
> cantilever span won't be less than 20ft.
> I appreciate any hint or idea about this.
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