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Re: Plated Wood Truss Responsibilities

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Maybe we are both off track. I was under the impression that field modifications were required to existing trusses, which were designed by a truss manufacturer. In that case I feel he has a strong obligation to review his and others' work in the field.

Paul Ransom wrote:
Maybe I misunderstood the situation. I thought this was about having the
truss supplier review field modifications for adequacy, not reviewing to
confirm correct installation.

I make money doing field reviews for owner/contractor and prefer that
the component manufacturers don't come to the site for "free".

On the other hand, I have had component manufacturers pay me to observe
conditions when their product is claimed to be deficient. I become their
legal veil, so to speak.


From: "Gary Hodgson & Associates" <ghodgson(--nospam--at)>

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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