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RE: Fastener for presure treated wood

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: JEFF CORONADO [mailto:jcse(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2001 10:05 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Re: Fastener for presure treated wood
> Yi,
> There is language in previous code editions that exempt sill plate
> connectors as long as they are above grade and not exposed.  I
> don't believe
> it is the intention of any code writers to have changed this.

I don't understand the rationale here.

In the first place, I assume that galvanized or other "protected" fasteners
are specified to be used with treated wood because it is understood that
they will be in the same kind of harsh environment that warrants the use of
treated wood.

Sill plates are required to be treated wood, because it is assumed that will
be a "harsh environment" (ask those who are now replacing all their
baseboards and sheetrock in Houston these days).

Ergo, why should we not consider that galvanized or other "protected"
fasteners will be needed at sill plates as well? Consider this a naive

William L. Polhemus, Jr., P.E.
Polhemus Engineering Company
Katy, Texas
Phone 281-492-2251
Fax 281-492-8203

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