# Re: Residential Garage (Help!)

• To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
• Subject: Re: Residential Garage (Help!)
• From: Forrest Braun <fbraun(--nospam--at)bbfm.com>
• Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 16:58:59 -0900
```The way the code reads is "on an area of 20 square inches" not "on an
area of 20 inches square".  There is a big difference between the two.
In addition, if you think of the tire contact area on the floor for a
properly inflated tire, the 4 1/2" by 4 1/2" area is quite reasonable.
The second part is that the floor in question is a wood system with a
relatively thin concrete topping where punching through the topping and
sheathing will be important.  The point load would need to be considered
to act on a joist with little or no load shearing to adjacent joists.

"Lutz, James" wrote:
>
> I think the code reads 20 inches square, or 20 x 20. That gives you an
> average bearing pressure on the loaded area of 2000lbs/4000 sq.in. = 50 psi,
> which is a typical high tire pressure for light vehicles.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ASQENGG2(--nospam--at)aol.com [mailto:ASQENGG2(--nospam--at)aol.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2002 5:05 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: RE: Residential Garage (Help!)
>
> This is in response to Shamir Ghosn and others who respond to my posting.
>
> Am I reading 1607.3.3 correctly ? It says parking garages for storage of
> private or pleasure-type motor vehicle with no repair or refueling shall
> have a floor system designed for a concentrated load of not less than 2000
> lbs acting on an area of 20 sq. inches. 20 sq. inches is only 4.5 in. square
> so that all the 2000 lbs will be concentrated solely to one floor joist. If
> it says 20 in. square then I would have distributed it to 2.78 sq.ft area as
> per Shamir suggested. Please respond.
>
> The garage floor, by the way, will be finished with 3" (ave.) light weight
> concrete and sloped to drain toward the entrance of the garage.
>
> Thanks a lot to those who responded.
>
> ASQ, P.E.
>
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