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“Free to Swing” is not allowed per code on items weighing more than 400 lbs..  This item needs to be properly braced and anchored to the supporting structure.  


Marlou Rodriguez, S.E.

MBRodriguez Engineering Inc.

2355 Oakland Road, Suite 14

San Jose, CA 95131

Tel: (408) 432-4866

Cel: (408) 761-5013

From: Jeff Smith [mailto:jeffsmith7(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2007 5:12 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: bracing suspended ceiling elements


I am working on a bank T.I. The bank has 20' ceilings. The architect wants to hang from the ceiling several acoustic panel assemblies that are irregular shape, around 10'x15' x 9 feet tall.

He would like to treat them as you would a hanging light that is free to swing. The weight of each one could be as much as 800# and they could be separated from each other by 2 feet.


Is this legal (bay area). I thought I had read restrictions on this kind of thing based on weight and/or square footage.