Online Rules Book

The WCLIB Standard No. 17 Grading Rules for West Coast Lumber 2004 is now available in PDF format for your quick reference, file searching and printing. The files also include Errata and Supplements issued since 2004.

You can view, print and download the PDF files for your reference. All of these files are protected by copyright and are provided for private use only. These files may not be copied, reprinted, published, distributed or sold in electronic or any other form without specific permission and grant of license from West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau, Portland, Oregon.

How to use these files

General Instructions Hot Links
Searching for Keywords Tips for Searching the Files
Printing Spanish Version

 

Contact us to request a CD with all of the PDF files. The cost of this is $5.00 to cover shipping and handling.

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PDF Files for Download

These files require use of Adobe Acrobat Reader®. Most browsers come with Acrobat Reader, or you can download the free plugin at www.adobe.com.

Full Grading Rules Publication

Standard 17 Grading Rules for West Coast Lumber 2004 (PDF 14.5 MB)

Grading Rule PDFs by Section

Cover (PDF 348 KB)

Section Index (PDF 608 KB)

Section 1: INTRODUCTION FINISH, STEPPING and BUNDLED UPPERS (PDF 2.1 MB)

Section 2: BOARDS, SHEATHING, FORM LUMBER and FENCING (PDF 772 KB)

Section 3: NATIONAL GRADES-FRAMING LUMBER (PDF 1 MB)

Section 4: DECKING, FOUNDATION (PDF 592 KB)

Section 5: TIMBERS (Beams and Stringers, Posts and Timbers) (PDF 656 KB)

Section 6: SPECIAL USE GRADES–Structural Laminations, Industrial Clears, Shop, Tank Stock, Pipe Stave Stock, Crossarms, Scaffold Plank, Stadium Plank, Ship Lumber and Railroad Grades (PDF 1.1 MB)

Section 7: DESIGN VALUES (Tables of stresses and adjustment
factors)
(PDF 1.4 MB)

Section 8: MEASUREMENT OF CHARACTERISTICS MSR LUMBER, FINGER
JOINT
(PDF 992 KB)

Section 9: TABLES OF SURFACED SIZES – ROUGH SIZES (PDF 644 KB)

Section 10: TABLE OF RANDOM LENGTHS– ABBREVIATIONS (PDF 660 KB)

Section 11: REINSPECTION PROVISIONS (PDF 560 KB)

Section 12: PATTERNS (PDF 1.6 MB)

Section 13: GLOSSARY OF DEFINITIONS and WARP CHARTS (PDF 808 KB)

   

ERRATA STANDARD GRADING RULES (PDF 464 KB)

SUPPLEMENT NO. XIV(a) STANDARD GRADING RULES (PDF 60 KB)

SUPPLEMENT NO. XV STANDARD GRADING RULES (PDF 24 KB)

National Grading Rules

NATIONAL GRADING RULE for SOFTWOOD DIMENSION LUMBER INTERPRETATIONS (PDF 1.4 MB)

   

General Instructions

  1. When the Rules Book PDF file is opened, the left column shows bookmark icons with section titles. These bookmarks allow you to jump to a particular section. NOTE: If the bookmarks are not visible when the file is opened, click on the bookmark icon along the left side of the window.
  2. When the cursor is in the bookmark section of the PDF file, click on any icon to view that section.
  3. To move around in the bookmark section of the PDF file, click in that left column. To use your mouse features in the document, click in the right column on the page.
  4. To change your view or layout of the PDF file, select View from the main menu, then select the option to change the zoom factor, page viewing options, etc.
  5. To open more than one copy of a PDF file at the same time, go to Window > Open and this will allow you to open and view more than one file at a time. back to top

Searching for Keywords

The Rules Book is available in a single PDF file, or by individual section, each can be searched for keywords. NOTE: When referring to Section PDF files, other sections of the Grade Rule may also apply. When applicable, it will require opening more than one PDF file. back to top

Printing

You can select single or multiple pages to print from the File > Print menu. Be careful to select the specific pages you wish to print. The default setting is to Print All Pages.
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Hot Links

The Rules Book PDF files contain hot links to other referenced sections within the book.

  1. Section Index page – each section heading is hot linked to that section. Simply click anywhere on the section heading to go to the start of that section.
  2. Paragraph references – there are links contained in some paragraphs that are hot linked to other sections. Click on the paragraph reference word and you will be directed to that paragraph. back to top

Tips for Searching the Files

  1. The Adobe Acrobat® Reader tool bar at the top of the page features a Find function which allows searching by key word or paragraph number.
    or
  2. From the main menu, select Edit > Find.

NOTE: Due to current limitations of PDF files, when searching a keyword, be sure to note the page number your search started from. When the search jumps to the new reference there is no ‘back’ function to provide easy return to the original page. To view multiple pages, see item 5 above in General Instructions. back to top

Spanish Version

PDFs of Standard Grading Rules No. 17 2008 in Spanish will be available soon. back to top

 
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