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I just returned from vacation and had a voice mail waiting for me from a client.  The message was that he wanted me to check out some joists that had been soaked by water.  How soaked I don't know yet, but for the sake of discussion let's assume very soaked.  Some of the joists according to him are sawn lumber and some are wood "I" joists, and as yet I don't know the particular manufacturer.  I'm fairly confident that the sawn lumber if allowed to adequately dry that they will be O.K., but I don't know for sure what to say about the "I" joists.  I would suspect that a light exposure to moisture wouldn't be detrimental, but a heavy soaking I don't know.  In a way I think a representative of the manufacturer should make the call due to laminations of chords (if they are laminated chords) glue joints at the web/chord joint and possible damage to the web material.

Any thoughts or recomendations out there?

Joseph R. Grill, PE


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