We hope you find our FAQs helpful and informative. If you have questions not answered here, please send us an email with your question(s) and we will get back to you by phone or email, whichever is your preference.


If you are a new member starting service with the Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau (PLIB), please contact our office to order your first set of grade stamps by calling 503.639.0651. Existing members ordering additional stamps please contact our vendor Gateway Graphics directly by calling 844.559.5083 or by emailing Peter O’Brien at peobrien@shaw.ca.

Absolutely. Please contact Director of Quality Services Skeet Rominger at srominger@plib.org or 503.639.0651 to schedule an inspection.

Contact the appropriate employee at your mill and have them schedule a time to have one of our supervisors conduct training.

No. Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau (PLIB) is a lumber-grading agency for members that produce lumber and lumber products.

The Buyer’s Guide is now the Product Guide [ADD LINK] and is an online-only searchable document. We no longer carry this guide in print.

Kiln-dried lumber (KD) is heated in kilns to reduce moisture in lumber through evaporation to reduce warping, but may not reach an internal temperature that sterilizes the wood. Heat-treated lumber (HT) is heated to 56°C for 30 minutes to ensure complete sterilization of the lumber.

You can look up the stamp number in our member directory. You can also submit a picture of the stamp by emailing it to info@plib.org. We typically reply the same business day.

Width in inches multiplied by the length in feet and then divided by 12 = board feet

Example 1: A 2×4, 8 feet in length = (2 x 4 x 8) ÷ 12 = 64 ÷ 12 = 5.328 board feet

Example 2: A 2×6, 16 feet in length = (2 x 6 x 16) ÷ 12 = 192 ÷ 12 = 16 board feet

U.S., Canada and Europe. Please contact us for specific states, provinces and countries.