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RE: Wood design values for vintage building

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Thank you Harold, that's a useful web link/ resource. 

I'll probably need to strengthen some existing timber beams and posts.
Does anyone have suggestions for strengthening an existing timber post
(9.5" square)?  It is currently under applied roof load and will need to
be strengthened to support added weight due to an added roof top unit.
(Is enhancing buckling resistance more important than adding compression
area?  How do you ensure that axial stress gets into attached elements?)

William C. Sherman, PE 
(Bill Sherman) 
CDM, Denver, CO
Phone: 303-298-1311
Fax: 303-293-8236
email: shermanwc(--nospam--at)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Harold Sprague [mailto:spraguehope(--nospam--at)] 
> Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 12:27 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: RE: Wood design values for vintage building
> For species determination get in touch with the Forest Products Lab:
> Send them a sample.
> The main web site is:
> Once you know the species, you can get a copy of the 
> appropriate grading rules.  The grading authorities are 
> listed in the NDS.
> I have found that professional graders doing a visual grading 
> are no better than anyone else just using the appropriate 
> grading rule book.
> Once you have the species and the grade, you can use the NDS 
> to determine properties.
> Regarding connectors, I am not familiar with the Gupley Model 
> 75R.  I would suggest that you look at "Wood Structures A 
> Design and Commentary", ASCE 1975, Chapter 9.  They list 
> resources for all of the connectors I have ever researched.  
> You can also talk to the Forest Products Lab. They can help 
> you with anything related to wood.
> I used the FPL many times over the years.  They were even 
> helpful on some wood structures I assessed in Germany.
> Regards,
> Harold Sprague
> >From: "Sherman, William" <ShermanWC(--nospam--at)>
> >Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
> >To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
> >Subject: Wood design values for vintage building
> >Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 12:49:46 -0400
> >
> >Can someone who performs wood grading provide a realistic 
> assessment of 
> >wood species and grade for design purposes for existing in-place 
> >timbers
> >- e.g., by visual examination of circa 1910 heavy timber 
> construction?
> >And is there any source for estimated capacities of old proprietary 
> >timber connectors (e.g., "Gupley Model 75R")?
> >
> >
> >William C. Sherman, PE
> >(Bill Sherman)
> >CDM, Denver, CO
> >Phone: 303-298-1311
> >Fax: 303-293-8236
> >email: shermanwc(--nospam--at)

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