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Ken et al,
In our climate, many of the house framers don't like to
put a steel column in an exterior wall because of the
cold transmission.  Hence, I try to use the engineered
wood products, but I will use built-up wood posts for
the lighter loads.

On 17 Jan 2005 at 13:34, Mlcse(--nospam--at) wrote:

> Ken,
> I don't know of any code reason why you couldn't put a steel beam on a
> wood column. I have seen this done in residential framing.  My
> preference is to put steel beams on steel columns (pipe columns or HSS
> columns) and carry the steel columns down to the foundation.  My
> understanding is that once you decide to use a steel beam, you now
> have another trade involved, I don't know how often the framer is
> welling to set the steel beam on wood posts.  I would use a solid post
> instead of a built-up post if you do set the steel beam on wood post
> and I would make sure to bolt it to the post, U plate welded to the
> beam bottom flange and then through bolted to the post.
> My question is what type of loading is occuring that you can't make a
> paralam or glulam beam work for the given span.
> Mike Cochran
> In a message dated 1/17/2005 10:13:43 AM Pacific Standard Time, 
> njineer(--nospam--at) writes:
> Ken,
> Your architectâ??s request seems reasonable to me.
> In a wood-framed residence in which a wood beam would have been too
> large to fit into the architectural envelope, Iâ??ve used a steel beam
> with a wood nailer bolted to each flange so that the beam could be set
> into structure and connected pretty much like a piece of lumber.  To
> add steel columns into the wood framing would have complicated the
> construction, and may have required bringing another trade
> [steelworkers] onto the project. 
> Nels Roselund, SE
> South San Gabriel, CA
> njineer(--nospam--at)
> From: Ted Ryan [mailto:coffeemonkey100(--nospam--at)] 
> Sent: Monday, January 17, 2005 9:15 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Re: steel beams bearing on wood columns
> I have done it before, don't see why not.
> Ted Ryan
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: Ken Peoples 
> To: Seaint 
> Sent: Monday, January 17, 2005 8:55 AM
> Subject: steel beams bearing on wood columns
> I have a client (architect) who would like me to bear my steel beams
> on built-up wood columns (several 2x6's).  I can't say that I have
> ever seen this done and wondered whether there are any code reasons
> not to as long as I can make all of the stress conditions work and
> they tell me that wood is not an issue as far as fire is concerned. 
> Thanks in advance for your help.
> Best regards,
> Ken
> Kenneth S. Peoples, P. E.
> Lehigh Valley Technical Associates, Inc.
> 1584 Weaversville Road
> Northampton, PA 18067
> Phone: 610-262-6345
> Fax:610-262-8188
> Email: kpeoples(--nospam--at)

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