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Assuming you are trying to create a sliding connection, I would recommend that you specify a 1/16 inch gap and then use two nuts.  The second one could be called out as a jamb nut that is about 1/2 the thickness of a standard nut.  The reason I like the double nuts is that it is easy to see from the ground when conducting your structural observation.  I have never really liked staking the threads as there are no standards for this.  If you happen to be using twist off bolts you will need to specify standard A325 bolts for these special connections.

Thomas Hunt, S.E.
ABS Consulting

Michael Bryson <MBryson(--nospam--at)>

04/11/2003 11:49 AM
Please respond to seaint

        To:        "'seaint(--nospam--at)'" <seaint(--nospam--at)>
        Subject:        Finger-tight bolts vs Snug-tight bolts

At the top of page 5-299 of the ASD Manual (Bolt Commentary) is a reference
to "finger-tight bolts".

1) Is there an AISC definition for "finger-tight"?

2) If we want to allow free movement of a slotted hole connection and
specify the bolts to be "finger-tight" as follows:

UNO all bolts shall be installed "snug-tight". Where slotted connections are
specifically called out in the drawings only, bolts shall be installed
"finger-tight" with the threads spoiled. "Finger-tight" shall be defined as
bringing both washer and nut into full contact with or shear tab faying

Will this have any effect on the connection strength?

Thanks in advance...

Michael Bryson, PE
Project Engineer
Myers Houghton & Partners Inc.
Circle Business Center I
4500 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Ste. 100
Long Beach, CA 90804
TEL: (562) 985-3200
FAX: (562) 985-1011

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