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RE: Point Loads on Strip Footings

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Another suggestion, take the 11 kip point load and distribute out along the wall to several locations.  Maybe some kind on spreader beam attached to the top or face of wall.  Separating the load should get the bearing pressure down into your comfort zone.

Paul Blomberg
Phoenix, AZ

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Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 1:08 PM
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Subject: Point Loads on Strip Footings

A strip footing that supports a masonry block wall there is the potential
adding about 11 kips of point load at the top of the masonry wall. For load
distribution, I think I can take up to 1/2 the wall height which would be
With the 11kip load spread over 4'-6" feet, the  future bearing pressure be
ksf from about 1.0 ksf. The  allowable soil bearing capacity is unknown, the
building is about 50 years old and shows no signs of settlement.

Typically, when the allowable bearing pressure is unknown, I try to keep the
bearing pressure below 2.5 ksf. I would hate to underpin the strip footing
place a spread footing for fear of the a sudden settlement, or screw up by
contractor. I think that underpinning a standard strip footing may be a cure
that is as risky as the disease.
Doweling into the side of 12" thick strip footing to enlarge the footing I
is just as risky.

Are there any other options?

I would appreciate any comments on this issue.
 I thank you in advance.



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