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RE: WOOD - Termite Damage Condition Survey

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I'd like to put in a word of caution about a structural doing a termite 
inspection.  DON'T DO IT.  There are inspectors that are usually insured and 
bonded to do that sort of thing.  I've heard of nothing but grief comming from 
professionals doing wandering into something like this.  There are, or should 
be, limits to servicing the client 

Unless you have an unusual E&O policy, the best plan is to have an inspector 
do their best and then you comment on their observations as to potential 
structural consequences. 

Michael Donoghue, PE 
From: 	Richard Lewis
Sent: 	19 September, 1997 9:04 AM
To: 	seaoc(--nospam--at)
Cc: 	seaoc(--nospam--at)
Subject: 	Re: WOOD - Termite Damage Condition Survey

seaoc(--nospam--at),Internet writes:
I also intend to send a sample to a lab to determine grade and species. A
colleague mentioned a mid-west lab which performs this service at no cost but
couldn't recall the name and phone number. Does anyone have this info?

The USDA Forest Service will do up to 5 free samples a year.  The address I
have is:

	USDA Forest Service
	Forest Products Laboratory
	One Gifford Pinchot Drive
	Madison, WI  53705-2398
	(608) 231-9221

I have used them several times.  You send them a sample about 3 inches long
and 1/4 inch thick.  They will send your letter back with the species name of
the wood species written on it.  They do not give you any design values for
the wood, only the species name.


Richard Lewis, P.E.
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