what is, schedule 40 steel ,? Can it be used for basement support columns ?

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  • 10 years ago
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    It has to do with wall thickness of the pipe itself. The higher the schedule, the thicker the wall. Back in the day, they came up with the "Nominal Pipe Size" definition...oh hell, I don't want to explain it, let wiki do it:


    Now will schedule 40 steel work as a support post? Yes. Will it work for your specific application? Beats the hell out of me. What do the plans call for?

  • zeitz
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Schedule 40 Steel Pipe

  • Hondu
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    Schedule 40 refers to the wall thickness of steel pipe. The most common are schedule 40 and 80. You didn't mention the diameter of the pipe you intend to use or how close together the columns would be, but yes, if the proper size and spacing are used for the weight, schedule 40 would work just fine for support columns.

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    4 years ago

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  • 10 years ago

    Note: This is a question you need to be asking a licensed structural engineer. Random people off the internet can't give you competent engineering advice. Neither is such advice likely to comply with the building codes in in your city.

    The size of ANY basement supports you use depends both on local construction codes, the amount of LOAD they support, and their LENGTH. Sch 40 may be enough, or you may need sch 60, or you might be able to get away with sch 10....... It's impossible to know without more information.

    Support columns also need dedicated footings, and that is subject to building codes as well.

    Schedule 40 means a certain grade of pipe sizes and corresponding thicknesses.The wall thickness is not constant, but depends on the inner diameter of the pipe. For example, a 1 inch (inner diameter) schedule 40 pipe has a wall thickness of 0.133 inch, whereas a 1/2 inch sch 40 has a thickness of 0.109 inch.......for 6" sch 40, the wall thickness is 0.406.

  • jjnsao
    Lv 5
    10 years ago

    Yes it can be used for support columns. Just make sure you use pipe diam that is big enough like maybe 4" schedule 40.

  • 10 years ago

    It refers to the pipe thickness. Schedule 40 can be used for supports, but you can also buy Lolly columns that are adjustable for the height you need.

  • 10 years ago

    This refers to the thickness of the steel, and yes it can be used as support columns .

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