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RE: Beam x girder

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I've always thought it to be a priority of structural members, especially those used in panelized roof construction:
1. Girder
2. Beam
3. Purlin
4. Sub-purlin
5. Rafters/Joists (these two seem to be used interchangeably)
Dennis S. Wish, PE
-----Original Message-----
From: Silenio Marciano de Paulo [mailto:silenio(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2003 11:39 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Beam x girder

What is the difference between Beam and Girder?
Best regards,
Silenio M. de Paulo