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Old 07-04-2014, 04:44 PM   #1
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Do steel I-beam shims need to match the flange width?


I'm fighting the clock here to finish my foundation before the military takes ownership of my soul for a couple of weeks.

Because of the intense rain yesterday, the steel company from whom I purchased my garage floor beams could not install them. The boom truck left the beams in my excavated basement (ICF walls are up, but the slabs aren't in yet).

I'm doing a solo install of both beams today. The manager of the steel company was nice enough to drop off some shims for me, but they are a couple of inches short of the flange width. Should I install an 8" beam on a stack of 6" shims?

***Update****

I was able to reach the manager. 6" shims are apparently just fine. I'll probably weld them up at a later date.
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The shims go under the column--do not put them between the flange and the beam---

The concrete slab will pin the shims and keep them from shifting---

If you do put them between the flange and the beam,they must be welded in place----so don't do that.
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The shims go under the column--do not put them between the flange and the beam---

The concrete slab will pin the shims and keep them from shifting---

If you do put them between the flange and the beam,they must be welded in place----so don't do that.
I'm sorry, I should have been more clear. The shims are going in the beam pocket to achieve the proper height and to level the beam. Also, it's a 10 inch beam with an 8 inch flange (shims are six inches).

My back got an excellent workout yesterday.
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