John Bologna

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Wood-Steel Composite Beam? Wood-Steel Composite Beam?

We're considering through-bolting LVL lumber to both sides of a steel I-beam. We'd install the resulting composite beam flush at midspan in an existing floor system, with the LVL providing convenient nailing for joist hangers. Can we assume that the combined load-bearing values for LVL and steel will produce a stronger, stiffer beam than either material on its own? Read more

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