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That would depend on whether they were powered by photovoltaic or the electric company.
-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Goodrich [mailto:dang(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2001 11:50 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Dead Load or Live Load?

Would you consider lights to be dead load, or live load?
----- Original Message -----
From: Amy Ellis
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2001 2:01 PM
Subject: RE: Dead Load or Live Load?

The definition of dead load is the weight of the structure itself and "permanent" attachments.  We consider floor coverings and roof coverings, which can be removed to be dead load so why wouldn't we consider "permanent" solar panels to be dead loads.  The solar panels are static loads that don't vary in weight or location. Sounds like a dead load to me - no matter what the "environmental whackos" decide.

>>> bill(--nospam--at) 11/21/01 02:50PM >>>
Right. And just as soon as the environmentalist whackos get out of the way
of our energy independence, you'll see those solar panels come down
quicker'n you can say "Greenpeace."

They're LIVE LOADS because they can most CERTAINLY be removed without
disturbing the use and function of the structure itself.

William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.
Polhemus Engineering Company
Katy, TX, USA
Phone (281) 492-2251
FAX (281) 492-8203
email bill(--nospam--at)

-----Original Message-----
From: Scott, William N. [mailto:William.Scott(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2001 2:18 PM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: RE: Dead Load or Live Load?

Dead loads include permanently attached loads - solar panels should be
considered as dead load.

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