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Architectural or industrial appearance grade?


From: Lucas Jolly [mailto:Lucas.Jolly(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 3:15 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: notched glue-lam


I did that with a frown once


From: Daryl Richardson [mailto:h.d.richardson(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 2:57 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: notched glue-lam



        This might sound overly simplistic; but is it possible to turn it upside down rather than replace it?




H. Daryl Richardson

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 9:46 AM

Subject: notched glue-lam


I'm hoping Buddy is out there today checking email.  A client has been tagged by the building department for drilling a hole vertically through a glue-lam beam and also notching 3/4" out of the bottom, both at midspan.  The beam is an 8 3/4" x 16 1/2" glue-lam.  If only the net section is considered (I understand concerns of stress concentrations) the section is still adequate at about 90% of allowabel bending stresses.

I have read both AITC Technical note 19 and APA EWS Technical note on field notching of glued-laminated beams.  Both these publications prohibit notching a beam on the tension side except at the support without any exceptions.

Are there any ways to look at this other than strictly prohibiting and making the contractor replace the beam?

By the way, I tried to send a similar post as this yesterday, but I think we are having problems at the office, so this I am sending through the net through my home provider, so if the last post did go through, I appologize for the duplication.

Joseph R. Grill, PE

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