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Joe –


A beam provides support for the floor joists away from the face of stud. This allows the GWB to pass by the joists. The problem is that the floor assembly is a 1 hour assembly and the wall is a 2 hour assembly. The contractor doesn’t want to get into a situation where they are in the middle of construction and the inspector interprets the code different from a.) the architect and b.) the plan checker. This causes delays and change orders, neither are attractive. This exercise is a pre-emptive strike; something to show the inspector or potential inspector prior to bid and prior to construction. Amazingly, this situation has been interpreted many different ways depending on the jurisdiction.


T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E. (CA #2607)


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Why did they come up with the beam on the wall ?

Joe Venuti
Johnson & Nielsen Associates
Palm Springs,  CA