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Re: Borate-treated foundation sills instead of Stainless Steel

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> From: "Thor Matteson" <thor(--nospam--at)yosemite.net>

> Where are the bodies?  Well--how many earthquakes have we had since 2004,
> when this stuff went into widespread use?  Perhaps it would be more
> pertinent to consider that maybe it does take a few years for anchor bolts
> to corrode away in the new PT wood.  So ten years from now if an earthqake
> slides a bunch of houses off their foundations, we will have proof there's a
> problem.  Rather than take that risk, I will simply call for foundation
> sills of borate treated wood, which is cheaper, safer for humans to work
> with, and lets me sleep at night.

Careful, Thor. You may get flamed for the economic evils of pre-empting
the building codes.

> I see no reason to use copper-based preservative treatments when borates
> offer the same preservative qualities without the bad side effects.  I don't

We are the guardians of our future and we should act accordingly.

-- 
R. Paul Ransom, P. Eng.
Civil/Structural/Project/International
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
<mailto:ado26(--nospam--at)hwcn.org> <http://www.hwcn.org/~ad026/civil.html>

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