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    Last week a county plan check engineer (Southern California) refused to consider a connection detail using custom steel "T" straps 3/16" thick on both sides - connecting a 6 x 12 beam to a 6 x 6 lumber column ( 2 each 5/8" dia machine bolts in each leg of the "T" Straps).  The lateral force on the simple shed roof 8 foot high patio cover was 2,240 foot- pounds.  
    The plan checker insisted that unless the client would be willing to use bolted lumber "Knee Braces" they would not issue a building permit.  Stating that there is no code approved heavy timber moment frame connection. 
    Your comments please.
 
Jim L. Chatterley PE
Composite Framing Systems, Inc.
2723 Currier Ave., Simi Valley, California, 93065
805-520-3666   Fax 805-583-1434
www.Compositeframingsystems.com