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Interesting...  I don't recall hearing it specifically, but after working construction in Boston for a number of years, I came away with the impression that dunnage was temporary material support, be it steel or wood.  I also picture it as a lesser cousin to shoring, such as blocking to hold something in place until a connection is made.
But now that you mention it and after being in PA for a couple of years, I have been hearing mechanical guys talking about dunnage used to support HVAC units on the roof.  I thought they were just misinformed...

"Stuart, Matthew" <mstuart(--nospam--at)> wrote:

So if people up in New England think dunnage is wood also, where did NJ get the wrong idea?


-----Original Message-----
From: HEATH MITCHELL [mailto:hmitchell(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 2:31 PM
To: Stuart, Matthew
Subject: RE: Dunnage


I grew up in New Hampshire and was an ironworker for a while (New England states) and I?ve only heard ?dunnage? used as you describe for the south ? timbers used to keep something off of the ground (or to separate items in a pile).


Heath Mitchell, P.E.

Project Engineer

Putnam Collins Scott Associates

Phone 253-383-2797 Fax 253-383-1557



-----Original Message-----
From: Stuart, Matthew [mailto:mstuart(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 10:52 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Dunnage


In my experience, in the south the term dunnage was most often used to describe loose timber posts that precast products, steel members and other similar materials were temporary stored on top of.  In the northeast dunnage is used to describe even the most elaborate steel frames constructed on the top of a roof to support mechanical equipment.  What has everybody else's experience been with the term dunnage?  I see that the Dictionary of Architecture and Construction (McGraw Hill) defines dunnage as it is commonly used in the northeast.



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