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RE: WOOD - Termite Damage Condition Survey

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Would you consider Michael Donoghue's comments to be valid for 
dry rot as well. I have a condition where the trusses in a 
building were rotted through, but the damage was not visible on 
the surface and was not known until retrofit work had 
The owner asked why it was not standard practice for the 
engineer to inspect the trusses prior to initiating design and 
to advise him of the existing condition (dry rot).
I responded that this is best left to a testing lab and that 
since not noticeable signs of rot existed at the time of my walk 
thorough, I had no sufficient evidence to warrant recommending 
further testing for dry rot.
He accepted my explanation. To clear myself further, there was 
noticeable damage to the trusses by way of a broken chord. The 
company that was hired to do the repair also did not notice the 
rot problem as the surface of the wood was intact. When they 
started to remove sheathing, the trusses started to fall apart 
and the extent of the rot became evident.
What is the best answer to give a client that is hit with the 
added cost to repair and who is obviously upset that he did not 
have the choice from the beginning to either tear the building 
down or to go ahead with retrofit plans.

Dennis Wish PE