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I had a bad experience a few years back where the contractor reused lumber from the demolition of the building on the site. The local building official first said it couldn't be used. Later they compromised but made me use a much lesser design stress- which meant doubling up on floor joists and rafters.
Hopefully you can work out a good solution with enlightened officials.
My experience is that used lumber is usually better than new.
Stan Scholl, P.E.
Laguna Beach, CA
On Wed, 6 Oct 2004 02:01:13 -0700 "Dennis Wish" <dennis.wish(--nospam--at)> writes:

I am starting a project shortly ? a custom home where the owner demands the use of recycled lumber throughout. The recycler has been chosen and the wood will be cut per our spec?s and shipped from a roughly high moisture content area (19.5% or higher) to the desert (10-12%).


This is new to me and I don?t know what the process or requirements are conventional for visually grading the lumber. Is this normally done by the recycler who mills the wood at my requirements based on roof and wall design, or is the wood delivered to the site and visually graded by an inspector (a Bureau in Oregon that has inspectors in Southern California was recommended by the Forest Products Lab in Madison Wisconsin).


If any of you have had experience, please give me an education on what I might expect. The wood will be Douglas Fir (probably Larch) from the Bay area in California. I want to include the requirements for grading and potential costs to the client within my contract. Please let me know what your experience has been that might help me.


If anyone of you are familiar, the Recycler is located in the 415 area code and is Mr. Michael Black. I assume he has a long time experience in doing this but he has not yet returned my call.


Whatever you can offer will be greatly appreciated.





Dennis S. Wish, PE

California Professional Engineer

Structural Engineering Consultant



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