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I think the ambiguity stems from the lack of definition of what defines positive, is it 10 pounds, 100, or a 1000?, is a single nail all what is needed or a few bolts? maybe it should be some percentage of the axial load, as you said, it is too broad

Tarek Mokhtar, SE

To a point I agree. The problem is "positive" is too broad a term. Anything slightly stronger than a slip connection is "positive". Steve's original
post sounds like an argument, between an owner/contractor/plan
reviewer/LAWYER, as to why there is a problem with a connection.
On Apr 17, 2014 8:23 PM, "Kulwant Brah" <bpce(--nospam--at)> wrote:

Our understanding of Positive connection is mechanical connection using
bolts, nails, screws, nails etc., to resist/transfer loads or brace
(i.e. post base).

It cannot be friction based connection. We always provide positive
(as defined above).

The only exception we have used is at slip critical bolt connections. In
these cases if SC mode fails, there is adequate capacity in bolt bearing.
The other exception is at building foundation.


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