Scott D. Coffman, P.E., SECB

Errors in Substituting Dead Load for Live Load in Wood Design

Scott Coffman

Introduction Custom kitchens, with high-end appliances, granite countertops, and central islands, are becoming more and more prevalent in the home market today. These products and finishes are heavy and the dead loads from the central islands and/or cabinets positioned along interior...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 48
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
Robert Glowinski

Now’s the Time to Promote Safe, Sustainable Construction

Robert Glowinski

October is a busy time for the wood products industry. There are not one but three weeks dedicated to national observances important to the safe built environment. Sunday, Oct. 7 – Saturday, Oct. 13: National Fire Prevention Week The National Fire Protection Association’s Fire...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 92

Still Using Lag Screws? Consider Self-Tapping Wood Screws Instead

Aram Khachadourian, P.E.

Lag screws are traditionally specified for many structural loads in wood construction. However, recent innovations in engineering for self-tapping wood screws have made them an increasingly popular, labor-saving alternative to lag screws. In the following, Aram Khachadourian, P.E., of Simpson...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 108
Robert Glowinski

Updated Report Helps Engineers, Designers Calculate Fire Resistance of Wood Members and Assemblies

Robert Glowinski

Increasing use of mass timber as a competitive building product in the construction marketplace requires sound design guidelines to ensure safe, efficient, and economic use of wood products. AWC fire research on mass timber conducted over the last year, with support from the Softwood Lumber...

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September 2018
Issue #10230
Page 89
Joe Kannapell

New Codes are Coming

Joe Kannapell

With the New Year comes new International codes, IBC and IRC 2018 (referred to as the I-Codes), and fortunately, few changes to truss designs. These changes are the result of the revised design criteria contained in ASCE 7–16, which IBC 2018 relies upon. Very few jurisdictions will...

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January 2018
Issue #10222
Page 6
Robert Glowinski

2018 Wood Design Standards Available Online

Robert Glowinski

The recent approval of the 2018 International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) is of keen interest to professionals in the construction industry as it often means expanded options for structural applications. In support of these two codes, the American Wood Council...

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January 2018
Issue #10222
Page 70
Glenn Traylor

Can Staple Use Be Too Much of a Good Thing?

Glenn Traylor

With today’s complex profiles and configurations, many truss fabricators have been relying on staples to set assembly member contact and relationships. Stapling serves as a temporary means to insure tight joints and accurate locations. Often times, however, because of the ease of multiple...

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October 2017
Issue #10219
Page 34
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: The Pioneer of MSR Lumber

Frank Woeste

The knowledge we take for granted today on MSR lumber is due in large part to the pioneering work of Professor Robert Hoyle, P.E. In the early 1960s at Potlatch Forest, Inc., he conducted basic research on the relationship between stiffness and strength of lumber, paving the way for the MSR...

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October 2017
Issue #10219
Page 74
Robert Glowinski

Making Code Official Connections

Robert Glowinski

Building officials are the gatekeepers to building construction. To approve any construction, including where wood is the principal product, they need to know a lot of information. The American Wood Council aims to make the job of building code official a little easier when it comes to knowing...

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July 2017
Issue #10216
Page 71

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