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Old 10-30-2013, 05:43 PM   #46
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I'm no expert but I would really like to see a beefier header above those windows. Given the large openings personally I'd want to see like triple 2x10 full span header supported by quad 2x6 columns. (quad just to fill the space, could probably get away with 2 structurally). Basically, the header sits on top of the columns, vs sitting on the fasteners like it is now.

Lumber is cheap compared to the cost of fixing cracked windows/walls later.
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You can push on that wall as is, and it will flex very easily. The bad thing is, if the OP was to fire the current GC and subs, to find a competent group that could build this place to last more than twenty years, they might be left with having what is there now, open to the weather, and thus would have to tear a bunch of structure off, to redo the building from the foundation all the way up.

As for the notation of 90mph winds, that is around what they design manufactured housing for. MD gets its share of bad windstorms and bad Winter Weather. I would hate to see what happens if they get a Windshear or Straight Line winds greater than 125mph, in its current status.
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Looks to me since the pic of the 3 windows in the sun room are non load bearing, they left out the headers.

Dave, do you have a straight on picture of one of the windows or doors that have a header hanging from the top plate? I'm thinking there is full structure on the exterior side of the wall and the framing is scaled down on the interior to allow for insulation.
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Looks to me since the pic of the 3 windows in the sun room are non load bearing, they left out the headers.

Dave, do you have a straight on picture of one of the windows or doors that have a header hanging from the top plate? I'm thinking there is full structure on the exterior side of the wall and the framing is scaled down on the interior to allow for insulation.
To me it appears they did a triple plate on that three window wall, if you look at that original picture.
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Dave, you are going to hate me on this one. Before they start putting in any insulation or drywall up, have them pull two runs of RG-6 for Satellite dish location, also same for Outdoor antenna, in case you decide to go that route, if FiOS or CATV is not available in your location.

Also have RG-6 pulled where the telephone box will go (I like to see them where the power meter is), also Cat-5e or Cat-6 for comm. Have everything pulled into the utility room where the furnace & water heater are, along with min. two Cat-5e or Cat-6 to each room for both Ethernet & telephone if not going with cordless handsets that are bluetooth capable, if only using cellphones.

At where you are going to place your tv's in the house, have them pull Cat-6 for wired Ethernet, or HDMI over Ethernet wiring, if placing tv boxes in that central room. Have them pull a Cat-6 Run where your thermostat will go, in case you ever go with a Network or are going with a network capable thermostat to control the hvac.

I would at least place a Ceiling mounted Access Point using Power Over Ethernet, such as something like this http://www.amazon.com/Ubiquiti-Netwo...s+access+point on each floor, with a POE capable Network switch back in that central location in the Utility room. Make sure you have a good sturdy shelf that you can place the equipment on for router, modem, UPS, etc..

If going with audio in the rooms, make sure all that wiring is in place, and photos taken, so the wires are found when you go to place the speakers in the walls and ceiling locations, along with control pads for volume, etc..

I know that this stuff is probably number 100 right now on the list, but better to move it up at this point, while you can still get the wires in the wall, before they insulate and close them up. You have my email, so feel free to email me if you want to throw some ideas on this subject I just put up.
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Wow. I hate everyone right now.

Got to keep pressing on this trimwork and get the kids in bed; I'll return later to address what I can.

FYI this is in York, PA. Moving out of Maryland!
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To me it appears they did a triple plate on that three window wall, if you look at that original picture.
I assume thats a drywall nailer. The gable is stood up and nailed to that. If the gable is a structual gable then headers are not an issue in my mind- The side walls(truss bearing) looks to have double 2x headers
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The headers are there, look at post 9&10, there's a single 2x with cripples. They'll fill in the rest during pick up.

The box headers are fine on a non-bearing gable wall. See the trusses on the ground, you can see what the roofs going to look like from there.

That end wall of the sunroom is obviously a gable.
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The headers are there, look at post 9&10, there's a single 2x with cripples. They'll fill in the rest during pick up.

The box headers are fine on a non-bearing gable wall. See the trusses on the ground, you can see what the roofs going to look like from there.

That end wall of the sunroom is obviously a gable.
Hopefully Dave has a straight on pic of a load bearing wall. Early on in this thread, a frenzy of inadequate framing was started and it would be good for Dave to know it's all good.
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Wow. I hate everyone right now.

Got to keep pressing on this trimwork and get the kids in bed; I'll return later to address what I can.

FYI this is in York, PA. Moving out of Maryland!
Look at it this way. You have access to Yuengling, and those of us in the Midwest, do not.
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You think ....It's not uncommon to leave out trimmers, fill in headers, etc later in an effort to get the thing up fast and a roof on.

I only have just glanced at this thread and to see all of the "your house will fall down" crap just blows me away.
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You think ....It's not uncommon to leave out trimmers, fill in headers, etc later in an effort to get the thing up fast and a roof on.

I only have just glanced at this thread and to see all of the "your house will fall down" crap just blows me away.
Oh c'mon man- didn't you see that the framming passed inspection?
Wait until the mech work gets done- we haven't see nothin yet

What's funny is- lots of pictures but no workers.....
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Oh c'mon man- didn't you see that the framming passed inspection? .
With trusses on the ground? Inspected by who? The place isn't even close to call for a framing inspection.
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Dave needs to place a camera at the neighbor's property, watching the house, since he cannot be there everyday, or have the wife drop in. Even just having the neighbor take pic's while the crew is there, so he can catch stuff and bring it to the attention to the GC may be a good idea.

As they say, always have someone watching those who you give your money to, when you have them do a project for you.
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Hopefully Dave has a straight on pic of a load bearing wall. Early on in this thread, a frenzy of inadequate framing was started and it would be good for Dave to know it's all good.
I know! I feel like one huff and puff by the Big Bad Wolf and my house is going to be across the street.

Got this pic sent today. Look, a worker! Those other pics were taken on Saturday afternoons, hence the no workers.






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