Is there a way to determine (formula of sorts) whether or not the size, number, depth and width of splits in 4x6 deck posts are “acceptable”?
Having a new deck installed and all the 4x6 have MANY, LONG (some as long as 4 ft, many over 2 ft), DEEP (most are over 1" deep, some less, some more), & wide splits/checks in them already. I am quite aware that “wood is wood” and is expected to check as it dries out, but this is really excessive compared to what I have observed elsewhere, especially on new construction.
PLUS- the railing system is going to be glass panels, attached via a rabbet joint routed into the posts. Where the posts have been routed out to for the channel, the splits run right along side the channel and or directly into the channel… leaving only 1/4 inch or less of wood holding the glass insert…
Contractor keeps telling me this is OK and will not fail. I have severe doubts and keep pointing out failure points already showing. We live in an area with very large temperature fluctuations throughout the year- and also from day to day AND with lots of very strong gusty winds (roofing often blows off around here) through the winter.
Any help or referrals to other agencies would be GREATLY appreciated.