Steels Question

Discussion in 'Builders' Talk' started by GasKate, Feb 17, 2021.

  1. GasKate

    GasKate New Member

    Good evening all,

    We are at the stage of steels for our build. Just looking for some advice as the local suppliers are being less than helpful.

    Do you normally order steels slightly over sized and cut down? This is what the builder has suggested.

    We need two SHS 100 x 100 6.3 do these come with the base plate and top flange fabricated or do they “fit” onto the section ? We are having issues as the posts are coming off two different walls that are at different heights, and I simply don’t want a mm perfect set of posts to only find something is cut wrong.

    Thank you in advance
  2. stevie22

    stevie22 Screwfix Select

    The normal situation is that your SE designs the beams and posts and any connecting details. This will require information about beam lengths as this effects the size.

    The builder then confirms the exact fabricated sizes he requires and the steel supplier produces them.

    If they are just plain members then ordering a little long and cutting back is quite normal.

    Why are you worrying about this: it's your builder's job?
  3. GasKate

    GasKate New Member

    The builders work is fantastic, really is we have used him on a few houses recently but his measurements are almost comical, his number 2 checks everything every time and normally has to correct at least one. Problem the number 2 will not be around for about 1month due to personal issues and we can’t wait for his return
  4. stevie22

    stevie22 Screwfix Select

    You have to let the builder get on with it: it's his responsibility.

    One good thing if worse comes to worse is that steel can easily be extended by welding. Just make sure that the welder is coded for site work 'cos a lot of BCOs wil insist on it.
  5. JOMEL

    JOMEL Active Member

    That surprises me that they are ordered long.
    I always though watching steels on the usual building jobs on TV that they would be mm perfect.
    Little wiggle with a probe and drop the bolt through.
    We live and learn.

    Johnny M
  6. stevie22

    stevie22 Screwfix Select

    Only Bob the Builder!!

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