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[Subject Prev][Subject Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next] Jeff,

I didn't appreciate telling me that I must be fairly young or have a young business.  I think you're dumb enough to get my point!  You might have noticed that some of the engineers in the list misinterpreted the meaning of 20 square inches to 20 inches square.  And this is what I want to know from the list if this is a misprint and was hoping that some will know the history of how the load was derived.  I used to distribute concentrated load in 2 1/2 feet square and in 1994 they changed it to 4.5" square.  

I usually insist what I know is right.  I don't care what the architect wants as long as I am following the code. But these architects met some engineers who distribute the load in 20 inches square resulting in lesser joist sizes.  So I have to make sure that I am interpreting the code right.



In a message dated 3/28/02 8:52:57 AM Pacific Standard Time, jcse(--nospam--at) writes:

You must be fairly young, or at least have a young business if you are that
concerned about what size of joist the architect has in mind.  I think
Glenn's comment is great.  If you are concerned about that, why don't you
ask the person who is going to pay for the framing what he has in mind?  I
suspect they feel 2x4's at 24 is way more than adequate.

Bottom line is the material is inexpensive, you have to sleep comfortably at
night, and nobody is going to be there to share the lawsuit with you when a
future owner starts noticing sag, or a joist snap or anything else.

When in doubt be stout!  Just tell the architect the code says what is says.
Not your fault.  You agree with him.  You do think the code may be overly
conservative on this issue.

Jeff Coronado, S.E.
West Covina, CA