Design Value Déjà Vu, Revisiting 1991

Originally published by: SBC MagazineApril 2, 2012

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One of the many reasons to pay attention to history is to get a sense of long-term trends.  Looking through old issues of Wood Words Magazine (SBC Magazine’s predecessor), you can’t help but feel a sense of déjà vu when reading this article from August 1991 regarding lumber design values (click on the pdf link below to view the article). One of SBCA’s Board of Directors members, Jack Dermer (American Truss Systems), sent us a copy of the article along with this email:

Kirk, Good afternoon, I just came across this article from back in the "good ol days,"  as much as things change,  so many things never really do...Take note of your comment, halfway through the first paragraph. It seems as though we have lived through this before.

Thank you for all of your hard work on behalf of this industry.

Jack

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