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RE: Joist girder stabilizer plates in existing building

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Vulcraft told me I should tell them to install stabilizer plates.

If the bottom chord is in compression from net uplift then you want to have
the bottom chord ends braced. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Harold Sprague [mailto:spraguehope(--nospam--at)] 
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 1:54 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Joist girder stabilizer plates in existing building

You are correct.  When there is wind uplift the entire bottom chord is in
compression requiring bracing in some fashion.  The truss diagonal elements
will be in compression or tension in a gravity load or with a wind uplift
load.  Since the web / truss diagonals will compression elements, they will
require bracing. 

Harold Sprague


	From: akester(--nospam--at)
	To: seaint(--nospam--at)
	Subject: RE: Joist girder stabilizer plates in existing building
	Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 12:17:30 -0400
	Aren't roof joist girder stabilizers there for the same general
reason that continuous bottom chord bracing for joists are supplied, for
uplift wind pressure loading? Like Harold said, this puts the bottom chord
into compression and unlike the top chord that is braced by deck the bottom
chord needs to be braced. There would also tend to be rotation and movement
at the ends, thus the stabilizer plate.Something intuitively says the plates
also help in gravity loading to keep the bottom chords from "kicking out". I
am not a joist designer so I stand to be corrected..  
	Andrew Kester, PE
	Principal/Project Manager
	ADK Structural Engineering, PLLC
	1510 E Colonial Ave., Suite 301
	Orlando, FL 32803


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