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Old 12-07-2010, 02:21 AM   #1
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I have an lvl beam which is supported by a column at one end and the beam is fastened to this column using a Simpson Strongtie end cap. This end cap is bolted to the 2x6 and the lvl using grade 5 bolts 3/4" dia. The column is made of built up 2x6 but there is a small gap at most approximately 0.05" I know it's little but this still means the beam is not fully rested on the column and the bolts are taking the load, should I shim with steel shim stock or any other solution?

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Old 12-07-2010, 07:09 AM   #2
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I would if I could; makes sense to have the load properly transferred to the king studs and not relying only on the Simpson fixture.

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Did you mean 0.05" or .5"?
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:41 AM   #4
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I meant 0.05" I know it doesn't sound like much but it still means the cap isn't sitting on the column, probably gonna get steel shim stock
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I meant 0.05" I know it doesn't sound like much but it still means the cap isn't sitting on the column, probably gonna get steel shim stock
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