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    Author(s): Carol A. ClausenSamuel V. Glass
    Date: 2012
    Source: Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, General Technical Report, FPL-GTR-215, 2012: 27 p.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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    This report updates and revises information from the 1976 Forest Service publication by Rodney C. DeGroot, “Your Wood Can Last for Centuries.” It explains why wood decays, alerts the homeowner to conditions that can result in decay in buildings, and describes measures to prevent moisture-related damage to wood.

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    • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.


    Clausen, Carol A.; Glass, Samuel V. 2012. Build Green: Wood can last for centuries. USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, General Technical Report, FPL-GTR-215, 2012.


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