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Roger, 

	Yes, Roger but would you really like to have such a crack coincident
with ALL of the bolts at a connection?  Such was the case with two of
the six or seven columns I looked at and I did not go "hunting".

				Best regards,

				H. Daryl Richardson

Roger Turk wrote:
> 
> Half inch splits/checks on round columns is not unusual.  I have seen 3/4
> inch checks on 8-inch diameter round columns and when I calculated the
> tangential shrinkage that would occur in drying from 19 percent moisture
> content to 6 percent moisture content, it came out close to 3/4 inch.
> 
> A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
> Tucson, Arizona
> 
> Daryl Richardson wrote:
> 
> . > To engineers in Northwest Washington,
> 
> . >         I have recently returned from a very enjoyable bus tour in your
> . > part of the world.  One of my stops was at Sun Mountain Lodge, near
> . > Winthrop, Washington.
> 
> . >         The owners of the lodge have need of a qualified structural
> . > engineer to inspect and oversee repairs to the structure of their
> . > facility. Specifically, the main building features round timber columns
> . > which are something like 14 inches in diameter.  Many of these columns
> . > are badly split. In some cases splits as wide as half an inch are
> . > actually coincident with the bolts at the connections.
> 
> . >         I informed the acting supervisor that, as a structural engineer,
> . > I was concerned about the structural integrity of these columns; that they
> . > should be repaired as soon as practical; and that they should get a
> . > structural engineer who is registered in Washington to oversee the
> . > repairs.
> 
> . >         I trust that someone on the list will be able to contact the
> . > appropriate people directly take it from here.
> 
> . >         Good luck.
> 
> . >                                 Regards,
> 
> . >                                 H. Daryl Richards
> 
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