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Re: Wall loading to exist. slab

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The codes do not differentiate between interior and exterior footings.  Yes, we can place wood foundations on soil, but is it what is required here?  The client is apparently expecting a code-compliant solution.
Like you said, the slab may crack - even without transient loads.  At this point, the same "general public" will have no second thoughts accusing the engineer of not acting professionally and not using a "conservative" solution. 
IMHO, nothing in the problem is worth it.
Steve Gordin SE
Irvine CA
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Sent: Friday, March 17, 2006 10:38 AM
Subject: Re: Wall loading to exist. slab

<..> And yet, we wonder why the general public sees us as over conservative wastes of money <...>.