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What to look for when shopping for truss (09-22-08)
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We know that there are choices when you are shopping for standard truss, so what should you
be looking for?

Here are 10 questions (...and our answers!) that you should consider asking....

1/ Has the engineering been provided by an independent structural engineer with an appropriate stamp for use in the area that the truss will be deployed?

All truss manufactured by Total Structures has a California stamp on the engineering that is provided by a fully independent engineer. All other state stamps can be arranged if required.

2/ Has the truss been manufactured and engineered in accordance with ANSI Standard E1.2-2006 (American National Standard - Entertainment Technology - Design, Manufacture and Use of Aluminum Trusses and Towers). Please also note that if it has, the engineering will include a 15% capacity reduction to account for wear and tear to the product. (Some manufacturers publish the load table without this factor included and suggest only as a footnote that it must be subtracted to conform to ANSI E1.2).

All truss manufactured by Total Structures conforms to E1.2 and the load tables are presented to include the 15% reduction factor.

3/ Where has the truss been manufactured? Many manufacturers have moved their manufacturing outside the US.

Total Structures manufactures its entire product range in California with the exception of Totalite, which is manufactured in Holland by a manufacturing partner.

4/ Do the truss fabricators ALL have American Welding Society certification?

All Total Structures welders are AWS Certified.

5/ Are all materials used in manufacture quality assured with test certificates?

All aluminum tubing used by Total Structures is mill tested and certificates are on file. Where practical, Total Structures sources all it's raw materials in the USA.

6/ Is the engineering freely available and presented in US dimensions and units?

All Total Structures engineering is freely available and presented in US dimensions and units.

7/ How will the product be packaged for shipping?

All Total Structures products ship with protective edges to ensure that they receive adequate protection during the delivery process.

8/ Are manuals available giving advice on proper maintenance and use of the product?

Product manuals are available for the entire Total Structures truss and Roof product ranges.

9/ Will your vendor be available for advice once the purchase has taken place?

Total Structures pride itself on service both before and after the sale. We are also available 24/7 for emergencies (Emergency numbers are on the recorded office answering machine outside of office hours).

10/ Will you get all the support you need?

Total Structures is All the support you need
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