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Joe - I have been on the field side and recommendations of many of these.
Not knowing the specifics - but in general it goes something like this -
(a) Is there an issue of going from a pinned joint to a moment resisting
joint?  If yes, no deal.  If not, which is normally the case, then (b)
welding up the joint happens frequently with far more weld strength than
the original bolted connection,  Keep the welding easy in accessible
positions and more than enough.  I would stay away from plug welding unless
absolutely necessary  Its harder to do correctly. Of course there are to be
qualified welders,weld procedures,weld specs, inspection, etc I hope this
helps -  Don

On Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 1:17 PM, Joe Venuti <jovenengr(--nospam--at)> wrote:

> Hello all
> The situation occurs at 2o connections where the roof beams cantilever 
> over steel columns. The contractor is asking if he can torch off the bolts 
> (A307 mostly but some A325) and weld along the width of the 1/2" bearing 
> plate each side of beam and along the parallel edges of flange and bearing 
> plate. Reason because the bolts with show thru finish.  Would it better 
> plug weld the bolt holes or would that even work.  Any thoughts or experiences 
> are welcomed.
> Joe Venuti
> Joven Engineering
> P.O. Box 5098
> La Quinta,  CA  92248
> 760.408.6441

*Don Price, P.E., S.E.*
*Van Pelt Construction Services*
*Mobile 707-688-6144 *

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