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On the subject of waterproofing, a coworker just forwarded me this story:

Not surprising at all. I look at stucco problems all of the time doing
forensic work, some related to poor roof drainage design or other problems,
not just the stucco installation. Like this investigation I just did where
the water was clearly splashing off an upper roof (no gutters), but once I
opened up the wall I found this (see the pics).​

See if you can spot the root cause of the problem.

On Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 4:19 PM, Andrew Kester <akester74(--nospam--at)> wrote:

> 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 
> sentiments.
> Andrew
> 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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