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    1. looking forward to much knowledge and wisdom as I can obtain and shear..here in california all the ponderosa dying and I have more timber then I know what to do withthe biggest question is how do I get around all the bologna bureaucrat bowlstufffffI. l just don’t want to withall this wonderful heritage wood
  1. These are really old posts, not sure if anyone will see them. In the North East of our country, a sawer can cut his/her own lumber, visually grade it himself, and build a home without any interference from code. I am in Florida. I get big southern yellow pine beams when the trees fall in the storm. It is very strong, straight, and rot resistant. Code does allow me to build a barn with this wood based on my own assessment of the wood. I don’t believe it is impossible to use for building a home, but what I understand is that I have to have it kiln dried and inspected by a licensed inspector.

    I suppose with the hurricanes, coding like this is necessary. It is quite frustrating when you have a beam with completely straight grain and no nots in bad places and realize that you cannot build a bent for a house from it. Ouch!

    1. There are some workarounds for you. If you get an engineer to review the plans and spec out the timber ie SYP #2 with the moisture content of 19% you can get around the kiln dry. You can also get a timber grader to come to your site and grade the wood. It is not as expensive as it sounds. Florida is picky though when it comes to the codes due to the hurricanes you get.

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