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all installed on a concrete bed (Figure 1-6) elevated above groundline. This
is a much less hazardous exposure than if the pole butts were placed in soil
where preservative depletion would be more severe.
In order to continue this exceptional performance record, preservative
treatments found in these poles should be duplicated when ordering new
replacement poles. As discussed above in 1.3.3, this requirement can only
be accomplished by specifying in accordance with AWPA standard C-3
(PILES). Appendix B, treatment specification for High-Baud Poles, can
also be utilized for specifying Low-Band Poles by citing AWPA Standard
(C-3) for Marine Exposure.
1.5.5 Boom-boards. CDAA site service records indicate that many
boom-boards are failing in less than 20 years. With state-of-the-art glue
laminations and ability to improve preservative loading via "dual treatment"
consisting of treating laminants prior to gluing and again after fabrication,
a superior treatment can be achieved that significantly adds to the service
life of these components.
The specification attached as Appendix
C has been tailored with state-of-the
art methodologies in mind.
1.6.1 Certificates of Compliance.  This document, offered by the
treater, signifies that treatment standards have been complied with. This
is the least desirable method of insuring quality. Unless the activity has the
capability of inspecting wood products to verify quality, the certificate of
conformance should never be accepted in lieu of physical inspections or
Quality Marks.
The contractor is responsible for the quality of treated wood products.
Each treated product must be branded by the producer in accordance with
AWPA M6. The Contractor must provide the Contracting Officer's Rep-
resentative (COR) with the inspection report of an independent inspection
agency, approved by the Contracting Officer, that verifies that products
comply with applicable AWPA Standards. The American Wood Preser-
vers Bureau (AWPB) or Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) Quality


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