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RE: Nut Keepers, or Welding Nuts

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Good morning Jim,


This is what the fabricator proposes to do.  He even said he would test assemble one of the connections in the shop to verify this procedure.  I look forward to seeing how this works during erection.  BTW, the fabricator is AISC certified for major and minor bridge construction, and has been quite knowledgeable and cooperative.




From: Jim Getaz [mailto:jgetaz(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 4:34 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Nut Keepers, or Welding Nuts



                        Our experience with keepers is that threading the bolt into the nut in the field is easier if the nut is held tightly with a bolt through the hole when the keeper is attached. A little bit of misalignment or rotation makes a big difference. It may not be your place to suggest this to the fabricator, but the erector may want to do so.

            Jim Getaz

            Winchester, Virginia

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