This series has been developed to provide quick and simple guidance for builders and merchants.
It covers the key doís and doníts for the major uses of wood in domestic construction.
Storing timber and wood-based products in distribution facilities
EXOVA BM TRADATimber is a reasonably resilient material, but bad handling and poorly organised storage are major causes of damage and wastage.
This can affect your business performance, particularly for specials or materials with a long delivery time.
The problem of material wastage is also an environmental concern, so it is important to try to reduce it.
Poor handling and storage procedures are a health and safety hazard. Good, well-organised storage practice, which follows all relevant Health & Safety guidelines, will help to minimise these risks.
Timber strength and spans
BM TRADATimber used for structural applications must be graded and clearly marked to show it complies with the correct standards and strength requirements laid down by building codes and regulations.
The load a member can carry depends on a number of factors, and different species have different strength properties which will be a major factor when choosing which timber to specify.
This Choose and Use sheet offers an overview of the strength grading process, including the two methods of grading (visual and machine strength grading).
This sheet also contains a table which details the grading rules and strength classes of some of the more common softwood species used in UK construction. It also contains an explanation of how span tables can be used in relation to strength classes. NEW in this version: common sizes and spans for domestic floor joists and flat roof joists.
- How timber is graded
- Visual strength grading
- Machine strength grading
- What do the strength stamps and grades tell me?
- How do I use span tables in relation to strength classes?
- Spans of some common joists
- Spans for engineered wood products and I-joists
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Storing timber and wood-based products in distribution facilities Timber decking Storing timber and wood-based products on building sites Sourcing sustainable timber Roof battens
Available documents in this series
|Engineered wood products||2012||2|
|External wood cladding||2012||2|
|Fire-resisting timber doorsets||2012||2|
|Maintenance treatments for external timber||2012||2|
|Mechanical fixings for wood||2012||2|
|Sourcing sustainable timber||2012||2|
|Storing timber and wood-based products in distribution facilities||2015||2|
|Storing timber and wood-based products on building sites||2012||2|
|Timber for garden projects||2012||2|
|Timber in loft conversions||2012||2|
|Timber strength and spans||2015||2|
|Wood-based sheet materials||2012||2|