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Is there a single source where i can find acceptable /

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Hi, Is there a single source where i can find acceptable / standard / rule of thumb deflection limits for different load bearing materials? Thanks, Richard
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  EnviroDesign replied 2 years ago.
Yes. The ICC (International Code Council) Residential Building Code Book. You can purchase this on, or any engineering book store in person. There is usually an engineering book store near college campuses that offer engineering courses. Inside you will find many charts for shear and deflection for different grades of lumber. If you are looking for Steel (you just said "materials" you did not state what kind of materials), you may find that info in the IBC book. International Building Code. The year of the code book doesn't matter too much for your purposes, lumber and steel doesn't change strengths with code updates.