Posts Categorized: Ask The Inspector

Is ISPM 15 wood packaging required in the West Indies?

Do we need to stamp wood ISPM 15 for the West Indies? LK in Wisconsin PLIB Response: The “West Indies” covers many different islands.  Some of them require ISPM 15 certification for wood packaging while others do not show up on the list of countries that require it.  Cuba, Jamaica and Trinidad/Tobago are three countries… Read more »

Question on Western Red Cedar siding rules

RF from the UK asks…”I wonder if you can tell me if the grading rules for Western Red Cedar are available online.  We have purchased several thousand square meters of No. 2 Clear and Better cladding in the UK and our supplier is telling us it’s No. 2 Clear and Better…” PLIB Response: There are… Read more »

Question on interpretation of maximum wane in Structural J&P

In the “Standard No. 17 Grading Rules for West Coast Lumber 2004” book [published by West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau] on p. 83 for example, “Structural Joists and Planks All West Coast Species” for “Select Structural” the wane definition/allowance states: “Wane – 1/4 the thickness and 1/4 the width full length, or equivalent on each… Read more »

Question on Grade Stamp placement

How far from the end of the piece must the grade stamp be? -DL- PLIB Response: Dear DL: Thanks for your question.  There is no specific requirement concerning grade stamp placement.  Grade stamps can be located anywhere on the piece.  Placing them away from the end allows pieces to be trimmed in the field and still… Read more »

Question on MX HT stamp on pallet used in wall

I have a pallet wit the code IPPC MX 899 HT.  I am building a pallet wall inside my house and I read a lot of stuff that said to look for certain marking on pallets. I read that the safest pallets to use inside have KD HT DB marks.  I came across MX and… Read more »

Questions on a kit home from the 1920’s

Dear PLIB, We are trying to sell our home in Poughkeepsie, NY.  When My husband and I bought it, we were told that it was a Sears Kit Home; however, we have not been able to authenticate it.  Some people have even said that it is not a Sears model and may very well not… Read more »