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Re:Grading Rules for Vigas

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Here's more information on grading of vigas.

A collegue recently sent me a copy of the periodical, Adobe Builder (issue #5,
1998).  In it is an article about Adobe Building Supply (ABS) of Albuquerque,
NM (505-828-9800).  

The article has a paragraph on grade-stamping of vigas and timbers.  The
article does not cite a grading standard but names two people, graders at ABS,
who can "...qualify a particular timber as being within a strength category
that will carry a particular load".  A photo of grade stamps on poles and
timbers was included in the article.

Nels Roselund
Structural Engineer