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Thanks to all who help is much appreciated.


Scott E. Maxwell, PE
Structural Engineer

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At 12:44 AM 10/19/99 EDT, you wrote:
>Wood identification service (I understand that there is no charge for the 
>service -- I haven't used it so I don't know that for sure):
>Center for Wood Anatomy
>Forest Products Laboratory
>USDA Forest Service
>1 Gifford Pinchot Drive
>Madison, WI 93705
>Regis Miller, supervisor (in 1996)
>Alex Wiedenhoeft, Contact
>After you've identified the wood, you will still need to find a grade stamp 
>or else visually grade the lumber using the appropriate grading rules.
>Evaluate the existing connections.  If they are inadequate, they are more 
>likely to lead to problems than inadequate rafter sizes.
>Nels Roselund
>Structural Engineer