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Joe Grill wrote:

. > My boss just came to me with his new copy of the 2001 NDS.  He pointed to 
. > DF shear values (190 psi?).  It seems I have heard that the values have 
. > increased, but this is the first I have seen it.  Do any of you have some 
. > history or a reference for commentary on the subject that we could read.

Buddy Showalter posted a message a while back on this saying that this 
reflected changes is ASTM D245 or D2555.  I went to the library to see what 
the changes were that permitted doubling of the shear values in lumber.  The 
only thing that I could see was a statement similar to, "All horizontal shear 
values are established as if a piece were split full length ... " [WWPA 91 
Grading Rules] has been removed from the ASTM spec.

Since timbers in this dry climate typically split/check full length, I will 
continue to use the 85 psi or 90 psi values for shear included in the 1997 

I had intended to privately discuss this with Buddy, but have not gotten a 
round tuit.

One of these days, when I do get a round tuit, I'm going to become a 

A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
Tucson, Arizona

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