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RE: Untreated Sill Plates

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-----Original Message-----
From:	Robin Fried and Robert Shaffer [SMTP:rkdn(--nospam--at)]
Sent:	Wednesday, September 29, 1999 9:03 AM
To:	seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject:	Re: Untreated Sill Plates

[]    It appears that the intent of the code for pressure treated lumber at
[]    the sill is to protect from termite damage were the sill rests directly

The code is fairly specific in that pressure treated sills are required for decay as well as termite damage. Since the sill plate is such a key part of the lateral system I would not hesitate in making the contractor remove the untreated plate. The life span of this building could be 50 years and a deteriated sill plate will provide little if any lateral resistence.