GOOD GRADES

Log Home Living - - PLAN -

Build­ing codes man­date that tim­ber used for res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion (ALL con­struc­tion — not just log homes) must be graded, i.e., each piece of wood is ex­am­ined for ac­cept­able slope of grain, straight­ness, knot fre­quency, den­sity and other at­tributes that could cause it to be struc­turally in­fe­rior. (It does not take ap­pear­ance into ac­count.) The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Home Builders’ Log and Tim­ber Homes Coun­cil (loghomes.org) and Tim­ber Prod­ucts In­spec­tion (tpin­spec­tion.com) are two third-party agen­cies that en­sure tim­bers are prop­erly graded for log home con­struc­tion. Make sure the man­u­fac­turer you choose com­plies, and the log pack­age you buy will be sturdy and strong.

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