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First time posting here. I was at the New Ross Farm the other day and talked to an arborist, who told me that it is legal in Nova Scotia to use non-graded lumber for framing a new home. With most land being sold uncleared, the idea of buying or renting a small sawmill and milling my own lumber is very appealing but can anyone confirm this and share their thoughts about using rough cut lumber for a new home or garage?

Thank you,

Robert B.
South Shore, NS

August 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert B.

Robert, the advice you received is not correct. In Nova Scotia,you are required to use graded lumber as framing material ,per the Building Code.I am told that the Maritime Lumber Bureau offers a service where they will in fact grade your lumber if you so choose to cut your own.
The other requirement is your lumber must have a certain moisture content.It does not have to be kiln dried but it must be at least air dried .
If you intend to proceed with your own lumber, I would strongly recommend that you consult with your local Building official to make sure their are no local requirements that could affect your plans. Good building. Paul Pettipas

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Pettipas

Good Morning Paul,

Thank you very much for your answer. This is precisely the kind of information I was looking for.

Kind Regards,

Robert Braunschweig

August 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert B.

You have to hire a government approved inspector which is now insane for overhead costs. The construction industry in Nova Scotia is run exclusively by the Government for profit mafia.

The reason why you cannot use ungraded lumber is because the powers that be cannot control, or tax you on it, as their fingers are in all the building supply markets. It's also the reason why if you do anything yourself beyond the primitive stick framing (intricate joinery or beautiful heritage style timberframing) you need an engineering stamp and other things.

Canada is one of the most corrupt countries in the world where the Government controls the entire economy, and the innovation abilities of it's population.

This is why barely anything is ever done about the environmental issues, or infrastructure issues, or food costs or anything in this country.

June 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNS Resident.

Same advice I gave Robert B. in 2012.

June 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Pettipas