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Old 02-14-2013, 10:42 PM   #1
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I have a contractor doing some remodeling work for me. He removed the top half of a load bearing wall to make a raised bar. Then the plans changed and we needed to put the wall back. Look at how he put the studs back.

You can't see it from the picture but the new purple studs do not go to the ground. The new studs overlap the old cut off studs by about 6 six inches and then they are nailed together. I do not know very much about carpentry but this seems very wrong to me. If it is wrong how wrong is it? And is there any safe way to replace only the half of the stud that was cut off without replacing the full studs? A way that would pass building code?
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:47 PM   #2
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If the former load bearing wall was cut out, was the load carried in some other way? If so, I don't think these would not need to support anything, and are just there to hold drywall - a partition wall.
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There was plans for a support beam but it was never put in. So no, the load is not carried another way. Above these studs is two 2x4's stacked and perpendicular joist.
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If that bent over nail is any indication of work quality....I'd be concerned.

Wood is cheap....if load bearing, the studs need to go all the way to the floor. That 6" lap will have almost no strength.
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There are some wires running through the bottom have of the studs. When I tell him this is not going to work he may try put another cut off stud directly on top of the cut off ones with a some kind of bracket. Its that ok or do I need to make him replace all studs with full length studs?
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What you have described is NOT acceptable. If the plans changes were your decision, you need to pay him to do the job correctly. The building inspector will not sign off on this "repair".
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Whoa! I would be very upset that is not going to fly. why was a load bearing wall cut in the first place? who's brilliant idea was that? and how was the load supported? and what he did will not work period! also whats up with mauve studs?
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He should have installed 2 X 4's laying flat at the top and bottom the filled in the rest of the area with what amounts to cripple studs that sit over the old studs. No differant then filling in an old window or door opening.
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What you are describing sounds reasonable and safe. Do you think it will pass inspection? I have tried searching through building code. I cannot find any related material.

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I called the inspector. He confirmed the only way to do this is with full length studs. Thanks.
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If that wall is load bearing then that is not acceptable. The load is being carried by whatever fastener he used between the two studs.
At the very least the pink studs should have been set on top of the cut studs and a new piece sistered across the joint. This way the load is transfer straight down. And I am not even sure that is suitable. I am not an engineer.
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No you don't!

I think it's time for you to step back and reevaluate your choice on who's working on your house.

Anyone that would even attempt what you're showing in the pictures has no clue of what there doing.

Scary stuff.
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Yeah, that was part of question too. It seems obviously wrong to me.
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Some of those studs look awfully out of plumb.
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What's with the purple studs?? Where are you located??
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