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Title: RE: Fire Sprinkler Support
I would also be interested in knowing how anyone deals with this Table 16-B load in design for non-proprietary items like wood joists, GLBs and steel beams when the size and location of the sprinkler lines are not known.  This would certainly be more critical when the lines are parallel to a member.  We usually use a #/sqft load but that is probably not completely adequate for any larger lines that may be required.  Any comments are appreciated.
Jim Persing, SE

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Allen [mailto:T.W.Allen(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2003 2:00 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Fire Sprinkler Support

I would appreciate confirmation/clarification with regards to sprinkler
support loads. UBC Table 16-B, Item 13 specifies the gravity loads
(weight of pipe filled with water plus 250 lbs) but refers to Table 16-O
for lateral loads. There is nothing specific (unless my eyes are failing
me worse than I thought) with regards to sprinkler systems, although
several items could be interpreted as appropriate for this application.

What is standard practice?


T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E. (CA #2607)
San Juan Capistrano, CA

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