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RE: 25% snow load is Conservative

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In Colorado you have real powder, in California the powder is referred to as 
Sierra cement.

===== Original Message from SHERMANW@SMTP (Bill Sherman) {SHERMANWC(--nospam--at)} 
at 17-04-98 6:55 am
>Brian Veit wrote:
>> Some counties have chosen to go big, such as Placer Co @ 1/3rd and Amador
>(kirkwood) @ 1/2!  In addition, the snow loads in these areas are routinely
>above 300 psf. <
>At a maximum density of 35 pcf (per UBC Appendix Chapter 16), 300 psf would
>equate to 8 1/2 feet of snow.  Here in Colorado, I have a copy of a county
>requirement for mountain snow loads which lists snow loads by elevation and
>only goes up to 150 psf maximum at 11,000 feet.  (What do you make your snow
>out of in California? :) )