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Converting wood joists to steel

  1. May 10, 2007 #1
    I would like to know if there are any guides or tables that will allow you to convert 2x Douglas Fir joists to an equivalent rectangular steel tube.
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  3. May 11, 2007 #2


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    There is no guide that I am aware of. I would imagine any structural engineer would simply run loading equations to calculate the required cross sectional moment required for the new material.
  4. May 11, 2007 #3


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    I forgot to mention that the USDA puts out a free handbook that is pretty good that includes a lot of engineering data on wood. That should be a big help for you.

  5. May 11, 2007 #4


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    Oooohhhh... straight into my bookmark file. Nice link, Fred. :cool:
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