Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Continuous Learning and Virginia Tech

Frank Woeste

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned professional, there’s always more to learn, especially as construction practices continue to evolve. That’s why our colleagues at Virginia Tech are pleased to be able to offer continuing education each spring. In addition, for many course...

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April 2020
Issue #12249
Page 108
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Unpredictable Nature and Cause of Cracks at Gypsum Panel Ceiling Joints Perpendicular to Framing

Frank Woeste

Introduction In some arid parts of the Southwest, the occurrence and recurrence of cracks at taped gypsum panel (drywall) joints between panels in residential projects have been reported in trade magazines since the mid-1990s. In some homes of a project, one or two cracks or ridges appear at...

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January 2020
Issue #12246
Page 60
Paul McEntee, S.E.

Why a Structural Boundary Member Between a Truss/Rafter is Not Optional

Paul McEntee

Blocking or boundary member? In my experience traveling across the country observing wood-framed construction, it was apparent that east of the Rocky Mountains, structural wood members in-line with supporting walls between roof framing cease to be installed. Some may call these wood members...

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October 2019
Issue #11243
Page 106
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: IBC Balcony Changes Spur “Best Practice” Design Recommendations

Frank Woeste

Because of their limited structural redundancy and exposure to weather, cantilevered balconies require special attention by design professionals, contractors, permitting and inspection departments, and owners in-service. As shown in the photos, modern wood-framed, multi-family projects often...

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April 2019
Issue #11237
Page 60
J.D. Vacey

The Missing Link – Addressing Roof Ponding by Designing with an HVAC Perspective

J.D. Vacey

As discussed in last month’s article, “Addressing the Roof Truss Design Note: 'Provide adequate drainage to prevent water ponding.’,” by Frank Woeste and Scott Coffman, ponding is an issue not always addressed adequately. Ponding is a design issue, a mishap, or an...

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February 2019
Issue #11235
Page 44
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Addressing the Roof Truss Design Note: “Provide adequate drainage to prevent water ponding.”

Frank Woeste

The purpose of this article to examine the significance and implementation of a typical note that appears on metal plate connected roof-truss drawings when a top-chord-pitch of ¼:12 or less is specified by the Construction Documents. Three questions will be addressed: What is the...

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January 2019
Issue #11234
Page 46
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Truss Lumber: Checking the Moisture Content

Frank Woeste

The lack of attention to the moisture content (MC) of lumber used in truss manufacturing can cause or contribute to in-service performance issues. Mr. Glenn Traylor’s fine article in the September issue of The Advertiser, “Does Your Lumber Have a Shelf Life?”, was greatly...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 80
Glenn Traylor

Does Your Lumber Have a Shelf Life?

Glenn Traylor

Just like some foods, lumber kept in the right environment will store for an indefinite length of time. But just like food, lumber kept in sub-par conditions will have a shortened storage period. If you’re not storing your lumber properly, you may have to question whether it can/should...

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September 2018
Issue #10230
Page 32
Glenn Traylor

How Many Times Can You Press in a Truss Plate?

Glenn Traylor

The answer might surprise you. During the course of fabricating trusses, on occasion a plate is not completely pressed. As the truss comes out of the finish roller or hydraulic press, the plate sometimes does not get pressed all the way. Sometimes the plate is missed or removed and up plated....

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August 2017
Issue #10217
Page 28

Accommodating Truss Movement (Besides Vertical Deflection)

Kelly Sias

Vertical deflection resulting from live and dead loads – of both roof and floor framing components – is an important serviceability consideration in the overall design of the building. And while this could be a topic in and of itself, this article is instead going to focus on two...

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August 2017
Issue #10217
Page 82

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