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Polhemus, Bill wrote:

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From: Jordan Truesdell, PE [mailto:seaint1(--nospam--at)truesdellengineering.com] Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2005 5:30 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: Special inspection and masonry allowables

The codes are still just a guideline. In many placed in the code, the substitution of rational engineering is acceptable.
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Well, to you and perhaps to me they are a "guideline." But often to
those whose opinions really count--building officials and building
inspectors--they are the tablets brought down from Sinai.
That's true, though only in a practical sense. It's generally not worth going over the head of the load building official to make your point. I am blessed with rational, practical building inspectors who understand that the engineering of structures is beyond their education. Unless they have a reason to believe that I'm full of cow dung, they generally defer to my judgment in grey areas. And I go out of my way to make sure that I don't break that trust.

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