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Does This Meet Code 1

Inspector911 receives many photos from you in the field on odd conditions that you have come across.  Believe it or not, there are times that contractors and owners have performed some work that doesn’t really meet code.  So we thought of a new section for the site.

As you send us pictures, we will post and look for you all to provide some outstanding comments.  Although some pictures may provide some comedy relieve for those of us in the trade, we can really use pictures like this to learn about trends in the field and learn from each other.  So if you have a picture and a story to tell for this future section, send us an email at help@inspector911.com


This picture was sent to us from a Building Inspector who was called to perform a rough inspection of the framing.  This arrangement is in one of the garages on the project and the yellow flexible piping is for the natural gas piping going to each unit, and the framing is an outside, load bearing wall.

What do you think, does this meet code?

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • Tim Rogers November 21, 2008, 10:18 am

    This one doesn’t even meet the “common sense” test. The only thing supporting the center of the wall is the OSB sheathing. While it may be a non-load-bearing wall, it still has to support itself and anything attached to it. Thise studs aren’t supporting anything.

  • Mike Winkler November 21, 2008, 11:47 am

    Of course it doesn’t comply. For me, a bigger concern than gravity loads would be the horizontal wind loads. It does look like it is easy to repair, just add a new stud next to the damaged ones.

  • Brian Dove November 21, 2008, 3:18 pm

    Anchor Bolts Anyone? Makes that horizontal wind load a real snap!

    “Bubba git up here with that stud stretcher and some stud connectors now for the Building Inspector leaves and we got to pay another reinspection fee!”

    “Git me some of them glue down anchor plate thingys we used on that last job and be sure you clean the glue residue off the top so we don’t get caught again.”

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