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Dead Loads for Common Residential Construction

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Roof Construction:

Light-frame wood roof with wood structural panel
sheathing and 1/2-inch gypsum board ceiling (2 psf) with
asphalt shingle roofing (3 psf)
15 psf
with conventional clay/tile roofing 27 psf
with light-weight tile 21 psf
with metal roofing 14 psf
with wood shakes 15 psf
with tar and gravel 18 psf

 

 

Floor Construction:

Light-frame 2x12 wood floor with 3/4-inch wood
structural panel sheathing and 1/2-inch gypsum board
ceiling (without 1/2-inch gypsum board, subtract 2 psf
from all values) with carpet, vinyl, or similar floor
covering
10 psf
with wood flooring 12 psf
with ceramic tile 15 psf
with slate 19 psf

 

Wall Construction:

Light-frame 2x4 wood wall with 1/2-inch wood
structural panel sheathing and 1/2-inch gypsum board
finish (for 2x6, add 1 psf to all values)
6 psf
with vinyl or aluminum siding 7 psf
with lap wood siding 8 psf
with 7/8-inch portland cement stucco siding 15 psf
with thin-coat-stucco on insulation board 9 psf
with 3-1/2-inch brick veneer 45 psf
Interior partition walls (2x4 with 1/2-inch gypsum board
applied to both sides)
6 psf

 

Foundation Construction:

  Masonry Concrete
Hollow Solid or Full Grout
6-inch-thick wall 28 psf 60 psf 75 psf
8-inch-thick wall 36 psf 80 psf 100 psf
10-inch-thick wall 44 psf 100 psf 123 psf
12-inch-thick wall 50 psf 125 psf 145 psf
6-inch x 12-inch concrete footing     73 plf
6-inch x 16-inch concrete footing     97 plf
8-inch x 24-inch concrete footing     193 plf

Note: For partially grouted masonry, interpolate between hollow and solid grout in accordance with the fraction of masonry cores that are grouted.


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