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Re: Fastener for presure treated wood

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I have 2 concerns with this topic:

1)  Can we assume that the code writers didn't write what they intended, but 
rather expected us to read their (unwritten) intentions by interpreting the 
code the exact opposite of what their words say?  I think we might get in 
some trouble doing this. 

2) The current Simpson Strong-Tie Co. catalogue C-2001 dated 1/1/2001 
includes on p. 5 the following: "[PT and fire-treated] wood can be caustic to 
zinc coated steel and can cause the metal to deteriorate.  Galvanized 
connectors should *NOT* (emphasis added) be placed in contact with treated 
wood unless the treated wood is adequately verified to be suitable for such 
contact.  Some wood treatments may not accelerate metal deterioration.  See 
wood material supplier for specific recommendations."  

The Simpson 2000 catalogue had the following additional statements:  "Simpson 
is unaware of any reports or tests that demonstrate that CCA accelerates 
metal deterioration, although Simpson has not conducted tests of CCA and 
cannot warrant its performance."  The fact that they deleted these statements 
from the 2001 catalogue is interesting. 

It looks to me that we're between a rock and a hard place, or a code 
requirement and a manufacturer's (adverse) recommendation.  

Where do we go now?

Ralph Hueston Kratz, S.E.
Richmond CA USA

In a message dated 6/14/01 8:11:09 AM, jcse(--nospam--at) writes:

<< 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. >>

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