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RE: In Situ Strength Testing of Wood

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I am not sure if you are trying to determine integrity, species, grade, density, which are all contributors of "strength" of the wood member.

When I have a question like this, I contact the US Forest Products Laboratory in Madison. You have already paid them with your taxes. They do a ton of research, and they will know the answer. Check out their Techlines, fact sheets, and other publications. Call them. They know wood.

If species is an issue, just take a small sliver and send it to them. They will tell you the species.

Harold Sprague

From: "Bill Polhemus" <bill(--nospam--at)>
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Subject: In Situ Strength Testing of Wood
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 08:42:49 -0500

Has anyone got any experience doing approximate testing of the strength of wood in place? I understand there are simple penetration tests that can be performed for example.

I'd like some pointers to these methods if anyone has any information.


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