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Also, the guardposts are the kind that sit on top of the deck.  I hate those. 
 The support connections appear to penetrate both the deck sheathing and the 
 bituthene membrane.  On one of the photos (#12), you can kind of make out 
voids on the top edge joist where the guardposts would be.  Could that be a 
 source of water intrusion?  Just throwing that our there.

I too noticed that the balcony framing is not pressure treated.

This tragic event is so sad.  In my own assessment, I wonder what else can 
a structural engineer do to prevent this.  PT or steel framing?  Detailing 
with potential water intrusion in mind?

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From: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at) [mailto:seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)] On 
Behalf Of Andrew Kester Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 2:58 PM
To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Berkeley Balcony Collapse-Professional Photos

Thanks to you and Lisa for sharing those pictures. That is some camera, I 
have to get me one of those! Even though they were shot from across the 
street you could zoom in really close and see lots of detail.

Very clear to me there was very severe rot damage to the joists and the floor 
 sheathing. Specifically Photo 7 (9712), the second joist from the right had 
 much more severe damage to the top than the bottom, confirming the source 
of water was from the top. It appears the bottom of the second beam from the 
 right was swollen unevenly, and the deterioration to both of the beams on 
the right (severe swelling, possible separation of layers of wood) makes me 
 think they were LVL or similar engineered lumber versus sawn lumber.  Anyone 
 else seeing that? I haven't seen much engineered lumber rot damage but sawn 
 lumber doesn't typically swell and come apart in layers in my experience.

I don't see counter flashing, or flashing, but the flashing could be underneath 
 the membrane.

No roof over the balcony, never helps..

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