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Re: Direct Supervision in Texas and WOOD TRUSSES

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Christopher,

No that's not the case, I'm notorious for sending truss submittals back at
least five times because the one sheet truss profile needs to say everything
that the truss designer has designed it for. If  I'm in court I want to say
hey the document says it's design for C&C loading according to ASCE 7 it
says it was designed for such and such and so on. That way if the truss
fails then I had no way of knowing something within the truss design was
incorrect. I don't want to check their calculations or even see them because
in court that could make be responsible/liable for them. Just like the 2x4
is certified to be a #2 I don't want to be seen as responsible to make sure
it was graded properly. if a 2x4 is graded as #2 but is really a #3 and
subsequently fails is that my fault?

 If the truss mfr changes the wording on the truss profile without changing
the actual design then I assume he overdesigned it in the first place. If it
ends up being underdesigned then it's his neck because my piece of paper
says it's certified to carry the minimum required load.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Christopher Wright" <chrisw(--nospam--at)skypoint.com>
To: "?" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2004 10:36 AM
Subject: Re: Direct Supervision in Texas and WOOD TRUSSES


> >I don't think I should be
> >responsible to verify the truss is strong enough or stiff enough. Just
like
> >the grade stamp the engineers seal and their company logo take care of
> >liability in terms of a localized failure of a truss. More often than not
> >the truss profile sheet with the engineers seal has erroneous
information.
> If you're aware that your vendor is supplying you with incorrect
> information, then part of your 'due diligence' is calling them on it and
> getting a correction, finding a vendor who supplies correct information,
> or doing the numbers yourself.
>
> You might want to ask yourself how you'd explain your position if you
> were being deposed. It almost sounds like you are doing some sniffing
> around your vendors documentation and ignoring errors that you find.
>
> Christopher Wright P.E.    |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
> chrisw(--nospam--at)skypoint.com        | this distance"   (last words of Gen.
> ___________________________| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)
> http://www.skypoint.com/~chrisw
>
>
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