The last thing Dean Rana, owner of Truss Fab in Glendale, Arizona, wants his employees in the yard to do is pick up lumber over their heads, or spend all day bending over and lifting things up from off the ground, he explains in his SBCA Component Connection podcast.
Pressure treating—which involves putting lumber inside a pressurized watertight tank and forcing chemicals into the boards—has been used for more than a century to help stave off the fungus that causes wood rot in wet environments.
The International Code Council’s 2021 building codes cycle was moving along as expected, but a last-minute wave of newly-registered voters appears to have derailed the online vote in what appears to be a concerted effort to impact the code development process.
The Trump administration imposed new trade tariffs of 25 percent on steel derivative articles (i.e. nails, wire, staples and stampings) imported from all countries except Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and South Korea.