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cutting PSL beams
- To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: cutting PSL beams
- From: "Andrew Kester" <akester(--nospam--at)bbma.com>
- Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 09:56:06 -0400
It is to the best of my knowledge and
understanding that paralam strand beams are manufactured out of individual
wood fibers, compressed and glued together to form a stronger then normal sawn
lumber composite product. With that in mind, cutting the top half of a beam down
would be no different then what they may do in a factory to make smaller beams.
HOWEVER, some glulam beams have an "up" and a "down", and use lower quality
glues and wood in the upper compressive regions where the higher tension values
are not necessary. In this case, you may not be able to just cut the beam
OR, call Truss Joist Macmillan or Georgia
Pacific and ask them, they make the stuff!
Andrew Kester, PE