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I have not had to deal with this specific situation before but in rather nasty industrial applications I have specified hot dip galvanizing and then coated the galvanizing with two coats of 100% solids coal tar epoxy.  Other paint systems may do but be aware that certain paint types are not compatible with galvanized metal.  Also note that depending on the age of the galvanizing you may have to provide special surface treatment per ASTM D6386.

Thomas Hunt, S.E.
ABS Consulting

"Bill Marczewski" <bill(--nospam--at)>

06/05/2003 03:28 PM
Please respond to seaint

        To:        seaint(--nospam--at)
        Subject:        RE: Tapered Steel Beam


What was the solution to repair/replace these damaged beams?  Does
anybody else on the list have recommendations for material selection of
roof beams covering swimming pools?  Thanks.

Bill Marczewski

-----Original Message-----
From: Roger Turk [mailto:73527.1356(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2003 9:37 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Tapered Steel Beam


Your situation gets spookier and spookier.

At this point, I would insist that a complete set of the bidding
documents be
provided to see what was specified.  I would also contact the SEOR or
AOR and
find out what he/she was considering in performing the design.

Aquatic Center ---> enclosed swimming pool?

I was called out many years ago because of distress in a PEMB
over a swimming pool.  A suspended ceiling was hung from the PEMB
and the suspension wires had pulled thru the steel flanges which had
thru due to the chlorine laden moisture created by the water in the

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

Bill Marczewski wrote:

. > Mike:

. > Thanks for your input.  I don't believe this beam will be subject to
. > fatigue as it clear spans in the roof of an aquatic center.  I also
. > asked why the original design engineer doesn't approve this
. > modification.  Here's the response I was given.  The steel
fabricator is
. > under contract from a pre-engineered wood truss company who thought
. > could span the 56' with a glue-lam beam.  Guess it didn't work and
. > truss company hired a local steel/welding company who then contacted
. > Since my first posting, I have now been asked to verify the W21x147.
. > live in a relatively rural county that has some odd construction
. > practices, and sometimes frightening design solutions are presented
by a
. > variety of local consultants (PE's and Non-PE's).  I'm the first
. > structural engineer that has settled in this community, so I expect
. > have some headaches associated with construction means, methods,
. > procedures and techniques.  

. > Bill S. Marczewski, P.E.