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Not all building officials are equal.  Site reviews are mandatory in most
Canadian provinces, but Saskatchewan is an exception.  The building inspector 
 in a city there _asked me_ if site visits were required.  The answer was

On 12/22/2014 9:59 PM, Bill Polhemus wrote:

It don't matter what no MODEL building code says. What counts is what the
actual LEGAL building code says.

And the Building Official is the Law West of the Pecos.

William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.


On Dec 22, 2014, at 3:59 PM, nma <nma(--nospam--at)> wrote:


Your checking with the building department was a good move.  We had a
project in North Dakota and the contract said to use ASCE 7-05 (current
at that time), but the contract also said that we had to verify all of our
loads.  When I checked with the local building official, the ice load was
3" T thick; we already had a snow load of 35 psf, but the Corp of Engrs
dinged me because ASCE 7 said .5" of ice.  We didn't change our design for
them. Neil Moore, PE, SE

On 12/22/2014 1:06 PM, Scott Maxwell wrote:
I did finally talk to someone at the building department.  He said use
the 41 psf. So, 41 psf it is.

On Dec 22, 2014, at 12:03 PM, Scott Maxwell<smaxwell(--nospam--at)>  wro
Yeah, I found the 25 psf from that same website.  Not sure how trustworthy
it is. When I called the building department, the front line person
answering the phone had no idea what I was asking about and had to pass


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