02:32AM | 05/23/04
Member Since: 05/22/04
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I would like to use some tree trunks to support my porch roof and the rear deck itself and I am wondering where I can find more information about different types of wood. Which wood shrinks how much and how long it should dry for before use etc.

Any help in this area would be great




07:05PM | 05/24/04
Member Since: 12/27/02
545 lifetime posts

You should be able to gather your info above? Or ask there once you've chosen the species .. I'd go coastal fir, or southern yellow pine, it's a great idea.

Also you can contact log home manufacturers, they deal with it all of the time.

In my experience the shrinkage along the length is minimal, it's cross grain that we used to use sliding brackets & ply mounts. I was building log cabins in Yukon & Alaska, but only for one season while apprenticing... years ago.

Alter Eagle Construction & Design

Mark Hammond

08:27PM | 05/27/04
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
Hello there,

If you send me the species I can give you more detail....MJH


03:19PM | 05/28/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
I you live in a region that is governed by the International Codes Council(ICC) International Residential Building code you may not be able to use any 'homegrown' lumber in any part of your home unless you can prove to your local code enforcement office by having the wood certified by an engineer that it meets load, moisture, and decay requirements.

In most cases, 'homegrown' lumber is no longer permissable as under modern building codes.


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