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RE: Hole limitations in solid sawn wood joists

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The IRC is purely prescriptive, and generally anything which falls outside (should) requires and engineer/architect's blessing.  Log homes are, interestingly, one of the areas not covered by the IRC, but get put up all over the place without ever seeing the inside of an engineers office. Also, as I've noted in the past, the IRC does NOT comply with the IBC in some areas (foundation wall design is my pet peeve).

In the original post, a hole was mentioned in wood.  I would make sure that stress concentrations are accounted for in the design.

At 01:32 PM 10/18/2004 -0700, you wrote:


You may be correct, but if you are not an engineer or an architect then you can?t wet stamp the calculations necessary for the building department to accept. Furthermore, most engineers in high risk regions will not take responsibility for this as it comes with the potential for liability.




Dennis S. Wish, PE

California Professional Engineer

Structural Engineering Consultant

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