Steel Joist Framing
Use this CSI 3 part SimpleSpecs™ master specification to steel joist framing.
The section includes open-web steel joists and joist girders typically fabricated from steel angle upper and lower flanges with a steel bar or angle diagonal webbing.
This section should be edited by or under the supervision of the project’s structural consultant.
Sometimes referred to as open web joist framing, consisting of upper and lower chord members that are typically back-to-back angles with a steel bar or angle web members. Steel joist girders are available for longer spans. The open configuration allows for the placement of piping, ducts, conduit, and wiring without cutting. Large ducts may require special factory-framed openings.
Framing that is exposed to weather should be galvanized or protected by a high-performance coating system to minimize rusting.
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Design professionals are accustomed to seeing lengthy project specifications, so why is SimpleSpecs™ so short?
Specifications have grown evermore wordy over the years for several reasons:
The mistaken belief that specifications must be lengthy and legal-sounding to be enforceable. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Having shorter, easily understood specifications makes us less likely to have problems in the field.
A belief that having lots of words protects us from a Contactor making mistakes. There is no way to include enough statements to protect yourself from a bad contractor, regardless of the length of your specification.
Our desire to be in control of the project by specifying means and methods instead of including simple, enforceable statements.
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