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RE: The "grout baseplate"

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The something you might be missing is the canopy after a wind storm. 
There are a lot of things that get by building departments.  They have soverign immunity.  You have E&O insurance.  And common practice is a poor legal defense. 
I would require something more definitive for anchorage. 

Regards, Harold Sprague


From: RichardC(--nospam--at)
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2010 16:44:57 -0400
Subject: The "grout baseplate"

I keep running into these contractors who will take canopy columns and simply drop them in a hole and fill it with grout. 


How would that work? I can’t see achieving any (theoretical) uplift resistance with this method – as there isn’t anything allowing for a aluminum or steel to grout skin friction, that I know of at least.  Yet it appears to be common practice, so someone somewhere is getting this thru the building departments.   Am I missing something?

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