It is my understanding that there is really no such thing as dry rot. It is
actually wood that was wet enough at some point for biological activity and
later dried. I believe I heard this at an ASCE seminar called Structural
Condition Assessment of Existing Structures, by Bob Ross of the USDA Forest
Bruce C. Trobridge PE
Assistant Building Structural Engineer
NYS - Office of General Services
From: NRoselund(--nospam--at)aol.com [mailto:NRoselund(--nospam--at)aol.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 03, 1999 8:28 PM
Subject: Dry Rot
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?