From: "Robert P. KAZANJY" <rkazanjy(--nospam--at)uci.edu>
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 1999 22:11:09 -0700 (PDT)
Nels is correct about the term dry rot--- as opposed to wet or soaking
rot. Wood that is wet enough to dry rot still seems dry as compared to
wet or submerged wood. USDA has lots of research/info on dry rot.
Bob Kazanjy (old house owner & experienced dry rot fighter)
On Thu, 3 Jun 1999 NRoselund(--nospam--at)aol.com wrote:
> I came across an interesting possibility; perhaps a source for what we think
> to be the misnomer "dry rot".... Could it have come from the old mariners?
> Wood that is continuously submerged doesn't rot, but if exposed to air, it
> may. Perhaps "dry" wood aboard ship wasn't what we would consider to be dry
> wood in a building. Any etymologists out there?
> Nels Roselund
> Structural Engineer