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RE: Wood Frame Shrinkage - LSL

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While I haven't used the LSL in a plate application, it has been my
experience that most all of the engineered wood products are very
dimensionally stable most of the time.  When I worked for Trus Joist
MacMillan, the company that developed LSL I remember taking a piece of the
material and fully immersing it in an aquarium full of tap water for a
period of about 7 weeks, until the point that fungus was growing on it.  It
didn't change dimension significantly, the thickness increased by maybe 5%
if I remember correctly (~1.32" thick after soaking for 7 weeks from an
original thickness of 1.25").  Hope this helps.

Albert J. Meyer, Jr., P.E.
Martin-Espenlaub Engineering
(215) 665-8570 Tel
(215) 561-5064 Fax

-----Original Message-----
From: Emery Ojala [mailto:EmeryO(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 1:53 PM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: Wood Frame Shrinkage - LSL

Does anyone have experience in using engineered wood products such as LSL in
a plate application.  We are considering this for the top and bottom wall
plates in a 5 story wood building in which we wish to limit total
shrinkage/settlement due to an adjacent steel framed component.  The rim
boards and blocking are also LSL.  The material is advertised as being very
dimensionally stable, but I have not seen it used it for wall plates before.

Emery Ojala, S.E.