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Interior industrial-dining-room

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September 26, 2012
Ellessebee wrote:
I'd love to have joists like these! - Where do I get such joists? can they be used as structural beams instead of solid I-beams?
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These are called Open Web Steel Joists [OWSJ] are used here as roof rafters supporting a very-heavy snow load. These are used often in lieu of solid wood or solid steel joists and rafters. Typcially they are used in industrial and other long span spaces such as arenas and convention centers. Sometimes they have the wood top and bottom flanges shown here, but often they are all steel. They are less expensive than solid members which are needed to perform the same structural task. See the other images of "Uxbridge Dwelling" if you want to see other photos of this application. You can search for open web steel joists in your region and should find them relatively easily. Key words: OWSJ.
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