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Re: California OSHPD Pre-Approval Submittal: Fixture Loads and Other Traps?

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Hi Bill:
I had worked on a similar approval a few years back.  This was for a handrail to be used in concrete, wood, cmu or steel stud walls.  In hospitals handrails are present at almost all locations and the specified load was per CBC table 16A-B (footnote 11) of 200lb.  We had it tested and calculations were included as part of the pre-approval process. 
I can recall that it was not a piece of cake and we had to go back and forth with OSHPD several times to get it approved.  A change in the OSHPD engineer complicated things further.  They were almost asking for a finite element analysis on it :)
So I would suggest that your start by contacting OSHPD and getting their blessing before proceeding.
- Aswin
Aswin Rangswamy, P.E.
Los Angeles, California
----- Original Message -----
From: Bill Allen
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 3:05 PM
Subject: California OSHPD Pre-Approval Submittal: Fixture Loads and Other Traps?

I?m looking into preparing a pre-approval submittal to OSHPD for a wall bracket.


Are fixture loads (for lavatories, etc.) available? If so, where?


Other than the obvious, are there any pitfalls to watch out for when doing such a submittal?


I?ve never done a pre-approval (non project specific) submittal before. Any guidance would be appreciated.




T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E.


Consulting Structural Engineers