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If you just want a half-a___d guess try using an old working stress code value for bond stress. Use the length of embedment neglecting the fact that there is a hook and increase those values by 33% as we used to do for wind and seismic loading. This should at least allow you to classify the situation as "no problem, marginal, or hopeless."


Daryl Richardson

On 14/05/2015 12:25 PM, Drew Morris wrote:
I am looking at an existing building and evaluating the existing foundation for uplift loads during seismic events. The pilasters are using #5 dowels into the footings but are using a non-standard hook on the bottom of 6" versus 10". Is there any way to determine/guess what the capacity of the dowel is in tension? A #3 bar has a 6" hook, so that might be the minimum.

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