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Lumber grading in Nova Scotia
« on: May 12, 2019, 06:33:13 AM »
I didn't want to highjack gwisejr's thread about getting lumber graded, but I'm looking at building my own shop and considering how location specific the rules seem to be I'm wondering if anyone has experience with getting privately sawn lumber stamped in Nova Scotia? I of course will be talking to the local building inspector but I was hoping someone has some personal experience.
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Re: Lumber grading in Nova Scotia
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2019, 11:55:22 AM »
Well Im about as far away from you as anyone could get in Canada so take this for what its worth...prolly nuthin ;D....
I sold some fullsawn 2x6x12 spruce to a guy who was building himself a shop. They were used as studs. He approached the building inspector who looked at the lumber before it was used. Inspector allowed him to use the boards as no one was "living" in the shop. A reasonable man.....perhaps a rare example?
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Re: Lumber grading in Nova Scotia
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2019, 12:28:07 PM »
Hey there, it will all depend on what county you are in and what you are building. I have built a camp that I got a permit for and was able to use rough cut lumber, but I did have it graded by a person in hants county. I have also built a pole barn on my property and was asked for an engineered plan, but again was able to use rough cut lumber. 

This was done in 2 different counties though.
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Re: Lumber grading in Nova Scotia
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2019, 02:58:41 PM »
In a good bit of the US ag buildings are exempt, all depending on use it might be worth checking there. Silviculture and its related activities is considered ag.
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Re: Lumber grading in Nova Scotia
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2019, 03:39:26 PM »
they will often ask for an engineered plan and for the lumber to be graded

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Re: Lumber grading in Nova Scotia
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2019, 04:17:04 PM »
Your grading rules read the same as ours, this was all developed as a partnership so not suprising. I'm a little unclear on some details that might be allowed there but see section 8 on pg 15 of the regulations for the letter of the law;
http://www.clsab.ca/uploads/file/CLSAB_Regulations_2018_11_14.pdf

The building official does have latitude. If your BO requires grading you would contact one of the agencies and request transient grading. This agency operates out of NS;
http://www.clsab.ca/accredited-agencies/maritime-lumber-bureau.aspx
If you click on the tab "accredited agencies" at the top of that page it'll take you to contact info for all the Canadian agencies. Just because MLB is based there does not mean other agencies do not operate there, we have many overlaps, the mills are free to contract with any agency accredited to grade their type of product so some of the other grading agencies may have a grader near you also.
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Re: Lumber grading in Nova Scotia
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2019, 09:57:33 PM »
Glendaler, We came close to your place recently, if you are near New Glasgow.  Sorry we missed the visiting opportunity. 

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Re: Lumber grading in Nova Scotia
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2019, 07:53:24 AM »
Oh wow! Just a couple minutes off the highway near New Glasgow, that's too bad.

Thanks Percy and Merlin, at least some people have done it. I'll check into the ag part Don P, I do a bit of ag on my property. I'll check out your links as well

So it sounds about what I expected, once I talk to the local building inspector I'll know if he's one of those reasonable "let's work together" guys or the other kind.

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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2019, 09:03:11 AM »
So just got off the phone with the inspector, and it's along the lines of what Percy said. As long as nobody's living in it I can saw my own and use it. When he comes to do his inspection if there's a problem with any of it he will make me replace it or double it up.
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