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Within the last few months I have heard contractors mentioning that the use
of 3x sill and top plates is causing quite a problem with shrinkage, as much
as 1/4" per 2-1/2" plate thickness. The problem being that "dry" 3x material
is "not available". If this is in fact true, then it might help if we remind
the suppliers of the UBC requirements and that 3x material is in demand. Any
thoughts?

Jeff Smith