22: Buy Samples of Typical Structural Components

Go to Home Depot and buy structural components (and ask a fabricator/builder).  These items should be in your office while you design on the computer.   Having the material in your hand is the best way to proportion members later on the computer.  I recommended:

  • Wood Sizes (2x4, 2x6, 4x4 and 6x6 minimum, 1 foot length is fine)
  • Joist Hangers and Hurricane Ties  (Several Sizes)
  • 8" CMU (1)
  • #3 and #4 Rebar (1 foot length is fine)
  • An Expansion and Epoxy Bolt
  • Also ask a local fabricator for a foot of a W12x19
  • Shear Tab and Clip Angle  (5" Wide x 3/8 tab and a L4x4x3/8 angle,1 foot length is fine)
  • 3/4 dia A325N and A325-TC and 7/8 dia A490 bolts
  • Ask a concrete inspector for a 8" dia. concrete cylinder.
  • Get all the typical nails and screws (8d, 10d, #12 etc)
  • Etc

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Display these proudly in the office for all engineers to see.    These real samples are vital to be able to make informed structural design decisions.

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