Glenn Traylor

How Should Defects Be Recorded When Inspecting a Critical Plate?

Glenn Traylor

A critical plate is a plate with a Joint Stress Index of 80% or greater. The ANSI/TPI 1–2014 Standard stipulates that critical plate inspections must be conducted when completing the three inspections per station/per shift/per week requirement. On average, the standard requires one...

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March 2019
Issue #11236
Page 34
Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: Trusses Are a Significantly Small Piece of the Puzzle

Matt Layman

The lumber industry knows me as an outspoken, opinionated lumber market analyst and forecaster. This month, I would like to introduce you to Matt Layman, part-time remodeling contractor. I am now beginning my 7th month of total rehab of my wife’s 70-year old 3 BR, 2 BA family home. Her...

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March 2019
Issue #11236
Page 78
Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: Building a Bullish Lumber Base for Rising Housing Starts

Matt Layman

In both the lumber and stock markets, there are more disruptions coming in 2019. The immediate influences of government shutdown, mass exodus from stocks, on-going trade war, volatile oil market, fight to suppress interest rates, President Trump’s legal issues, and global economic and...

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February 2019
Issue #11235
Page 84
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: (Another) Last Word on Southern Pine

Joe Kannapell

Despite our reservations about Southern Pine lumber, the timber industry is betting billions that we’ll buy it. Soon the output of SYP mills will race past other domestic species. Fortunately, technological improvements, both at the saw mill and in our component plants, aim to overcome our...

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February 2019
Issue #11235
Page 109
Robert Glowinski

Looking Back at 2018 and 2019 Outlook

Robert Glowinski

As 2018 draws to a close, the American Wood Council (AWC) looks back on what has been a very successful year for wood industry markets. Both federally and in the states, the opportunity for wood products has been greatly expanded, building codes have been very successfully updated to account for...

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January 2019
Issue #11234
Page 78
Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: 20% More Downside: Stocks and Lumber

Matt Layman

In both the lumber and stock markets, there are more disruptions coming in 2019. The immediate influences of government shutdown, mass exodus from stocks, on-going trade war, volatile oil market, fight to suppress interest rates, President Trump’s legal issues, and global economic and...

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January 2019
Issue #11234
Page 82
Robert Glowinski

Second Chance for Employees and Wood Products

Robert Glowinski

“Everything and everyone deserves a second chance.” That’s the philosophy of Second Chance Inc., a Baltimore-based non-profit that deconstructs homes and other buildings to salvage materials for reuse. It’s also a philosophy that the American Wood Council (AWC)...

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December 2018
Issue #10233
Page 78
Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: Lesson Learned: 2019 Will Out Do 2018

Matt Layman

2018 is a year for the record books. All time price highs followed by all time largest price drop in shortest time. One very important lesson learned or reinforced was how significantly supply disruptions can influence price movement. The variable is the set up. Specifically, the state of...

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December 2018
Issue #10233
Page 82
Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: A Fragile Housing Recovery Built on Credit

Matt Layman

Many Americans are not overzealous about the moderate improvements to their lifestyle, income, and overall state of wellbeing during this economic recovery. That is being expressed by the stock market’s decline and increased recession rhetoric. No in-depth statistical analysis is needed...

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November 2018
Issue #10232
Page 78
Glenn Traylor

Material Quality Isn’t the Only Metric to a Quality Product

Glenn Traylor

Many years ago I worked construction as a teenager, and I recall the framing lumber I used to see as a framer’s helper. My teacher was a gentleman by the name of Otho Tew. Otho was a seasoned experienced homebuilder who had learned his trade from his father and probably his father before....

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 28

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