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Re: Plated Wood Truss Responsibilities

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But they are designing, not just trusses but often whatever bracing is needed to stabilize their compression members. Then they turn around and place a disclaimer in their truss notes, that the EOR is responsible for all bracing. I always (well almost always) specify that the truss supplier is responsible for designing any temporary and/or permanent bracing necessary for the complete installation of the trusses. You don't see steel joist suppliers stating that bridging is the responsibility of the building designer. The truss people may want to hide from the responsibility of what goes on in the field but they have to ensure that their product is installed in accordance with the design and that may entail going out to the field. Another trade that does this are pre-cast panel suppliers who will go out to ensure that these are properly installed.

Paul Ransom wrote:
From: "Gary Hodgson & Associates" <ghodgson(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: Re: Plated Wood Truss Responsibilities

I would take issue with that.  Up here, I know of no law forbidding the
truss manufacturer from designing bracing.

Sounds like something cooked up by the TPI to cover their collective butts.

On 25 May 2006 at 13:54, Jordan Truesdell, PE wrote:

The truss fabricator, a very large organization, flatly refused to do
the work. Not just refused, but claimed that according to TPI it was
legally forbidden for them to do so.  As a result, I will be charging
more than my original consulting fee to design the bracing now.

They have to be careful about the scope of work that they accept. If
they step over the line from manufacturer to engineering consultant,
their legal position changes and they may not have the proper conditions
in place to provide that service (e.g. licenses, insurance, etc.). This
includes reviewing remedial work (e.g. somebody else's design) that does
not conform to their original design.

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