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	At least in one place of ASCE 7, section 12.1.4, "A positive connection" 
is required, and the end sentence of the section tells how to calculate the 
 capacity of the connection. No ambiguity, just a really big connection. Jim 

-----Original Message-----
From: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at) [mailto:seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)] On 
Behalf Of Tarek Mokhtar Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 9:54 AM
To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Positive Connection

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 components (i.e. post base).
>> It cannot be friction based connection. We always provide positive
>> connection (as defined above).

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