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Thanks for the info. I've seen cases where water will completely degrade 
plywood but solid 2x framing is barely affected. But in this case the lvl 
may have just expedited the inevitable. But perhaps pressure treated sawn 
lumber would lasting enough to alert people to the problem.

However the root cause is proper waterproofing. And I agree with your other 


On Jun 24, 2015, at 11:02 PM, Chuck Utzman <chuckutzman(--nospam--at)> wrote:
> Andrew-
> You were correct. Notched LVL joists.
> Chuck Utzman, PE

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