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WSU Entomology Extension Structural Pest IPM

Structural Pest Inspector Hands-On Workshop

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Wood-Destroying Organisms and Deck Safety

Hear the latest research on deck materials, making long-lasting safe connections, wood durability, and how moisture and wood-destroying organisms impact deck and balcony safety from Dr. Don Bender, Weyerhaeuser Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Composite Materials & Engineering Center at WSU.  Test your knowledge of wood-destroying organisms and inspection skills with a field tour and inspections of facilities at WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center.

Date:  Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Time:  8:00 am – 4:30 pm at WSU Puyallup Structural Pest IPM Facility and Allmendinger Center

Course Credits:   8 WSDA Recertification credits

8 DOL Home Inspector credits

Price:  $150 early registration (before September 12); $200 regular registration


Don Bender, P.E. PH.D., is Weyerhaeuser Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Composite Materials & Engineering Center at WSU-Pullman.  He is an expert in testing, design and construction of timber structures.  Don teaches university and outreach courses in structural engineering and is active in national building code and standards development.  He led efforts to change national building codes to improve deck safety, and is a voting member of the committees responsible for the national timber design code and consensus standards promulgated by the American National Standards Institute, American Society for Testing & Materials, and the National Institute for Standards & Technology.  Dr. Bender was appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce to the American Lumber Standard Committee, which oversees all lumber grading and preservative treatment agencies in North America.



8:00 – 9:00 –  What are you doing:  home inspection, structural pest inspection, or both?

9:10-10:00 – What Did It?

10:10 – 12:30 – Is the Deck or Balcony Safe? – Dr. Don Bender, Director of the Composite Materials & Engineering Center, WSU

12:30 – 1:00  LUNCH (provided)

1:00 – 1:50 – Field Tour with Dr. Bender

2:00 – 4:00 – Look For It!

4:00 – 4:30 – Rules and Safety


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