Need a book? Engineering books recommendations...

Return to index: [Subject] [Thread] [Date] [Author]

GL beam strengthening

[Subject Prev][Subject Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]
If deflection is an issue, you might want to consider lag screws instead of
through bolts to connect the two beams. With the allowance for oversize
holes, you'll get 1/32" or more slip before load sharing begins.



John "Buddy" Showalter, P.E. 
Director, Technical Media 
AF&PA/American Wood Council 
1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 800 
Washington, DC 20036 
P: 202-463-2769 
F: 202-463-2791 

The American Wood Council (AWC) is the wood products division of the
American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). AWC develops internationally
recognized standards for wood design and construction. Its efforts with
building codes and standards, engineering and research, and technology
transfer ensure proper application for engineered and traditional wood

The guidance provided herein is not a formal interpretation of any AF&PA
standard.  Interpretations of AF&PA standards are only available through a
formal process outlined in AF&PA's standards development procedures.


From: "Joe Grill" <jgrill(--nospam--at)>
To: "'seaint'" <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: GL beam strengthening

A client has installed a glue-lam beam of the incorrect size (too = small).
The beam installed is a 6 =BE=94 x 12=94 GL. It is early enough in the =
project to do a fix, but they don=92t want to remove and replace. I have
sized an additional GL to be installed next to and bolted to the existing
bm. = The new beam is 16 =BD=94 deep. The original beam is bearing on top of
a = masonry wall, therefore the new beam can=92t bear on top of the wall due
to the = deeper section. The original beam can take all the shear by itself,
but just barely. The new beam takes about 60% of the load. Bolting along the
= beam is designed to transfer that 60% across the joint. If I cut the new
beam = off at the face of the wall can I provide bolting at the end of the
new beam = to transfer its 60% back into the 12=94 deep beam? Or, am I
missing = something?

This would be the easiest installation, then I don=92t have to design = any
hangers at the wall.


Joseph R. Grill, P.E. (Structural)
Shephard - Wesnitzer, Inc.
Civil Engineering and Surveying

******* ****** ******* ******** ******* ******* ******* ***
*   Read list FAQ at:
*   This email was sent to you via Structural Engineers 
*   Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) server. To 
*   subscribe (no fee) or UnSubscribe, please go to:
*   Questions to seaint-ad(--nospam--at) Remember, any email you 
*   send to the list is public domain and may be re-posted 
*   without your permission. Make sure you visit our web 
*   site at: 
******* ****** ****** ****** ******* ****** ****** ********