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I believe that you are grasping to justify using low dead load factors.  The 
load factors are low based on the theory that *dead loads* are fairly 
predictable.  Rolling file cabinet loads are *not* fairly predictable.  In 
fact, I would equate them to at least library stack rooms.  (Library stacks 
at least have fixed aisles; rolling file cabinets maybe have only one aisle, 
and that can be anywhere.)

A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
Tucson, Arizona

Eric Green's and Scott Maxwell's exchange:


I believe ASCE-7 is referring to "built-in" cranes, not crawler/construction

-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Maxwell [mailto:smaxwell(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, July 23, 2002 8:59 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Fixed File Cabinet - Dead Load or Live Load?

Oh, and in your crane analogy, unless the cranes "permanently" attached in
one location (still a difficult "thing" to achieve), the weight of the
crane would be considered a live load not a dead load.  For your typical
construction type crane, the crane will move to a location, do its
"picking" for awhile from that location, then move to a new
location...thus, live load.  For a building bridge or monorail crane, it
is DEFINITELY a live load since the bridge/hoist location will change
in order to pick something up (which could be a different locations) and
then move it to another location.  About the only thing in a bridge crane
system that could even be argued to be dead load would be the rail system,
but even that should still be part of the live load because the space
could be changed so that there is no crane in that area and the rails
might be removed.  The only scenario that I could think of where a crane
MIGHT be considered dead load would be for a habor, off-loading shore
crane that operates with a boom (i.e. must swing the hoist around to be
over the ship and then swing back around to the shore side).


Ypsilanti, MI 

On Tue, 23 Jul 2002, Eric Green wrote:

> A client wants to install a rolling file deck in an area designed for 50 psf
live load. The file deck, which will be fixed to the floor, covers a 13x17
foot area and weighs 34 psf for the file system and 122 psf (max capacity) for
the contents (files). How would you treat this under ASCE 7? Is it all live
load? Could the file cabinet be considered fixed equipment and called dead
load? Could it all be considered fixed equipment and hence be considered dead
> Using a crane as an analogy, the crane is dead load but the weight the crane
lifts is live load. Is this a reasonable approach?
> Eric Green
> -speaking and asking for myself, not my employer

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