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For a residential dwelling with a five inch exterior stone veneer,
the stone is typically anchored to the wood studs w/ metal straps and
rests on the exterior footings

My question is how to support the stone above an opening. It appears
that typically the stone is supported on a galvanized steel angle which
is bolted to the wood header above the opening.

However UBC  sec. 1403.6.2 of volume 1 states: "Noncombustible,
noncorrosive lintels and noncombustible supports shall be provided over all
openings where the veneer unit is not self spanning". Does this mean then
that the headers
supporting stone veneer should be steel members w/steel columns?

Tarek Mokhtar, SE
Laguna Beach, CA



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