A hole in a steel I beam can be cut with engineered floor Joists.

"Engineered Floor Joists" are a popular construction material.You've seen them.They are easy to use.There are strict guidelines for notching or cutting holes.

They look like a steel beam from the side.There is a vertical member between the top and bottom sections.The fire department doesn't like them if they get too hot because they use a lot of glue.The glue starts to melt.

There are strict guidelines for their installation.They are not as strong if cut wrong.The guidelines are what they are.

Look at her!Impunity is what I tell you!Impunity is the exemption from punishment or consequences.If you want to punish Mother Nature for her code enforcement, go ahead.

Engineers spent a lot of time testing and analyzing these guidelines.These criteria are used to create the local building codes.

The builder's answer to my pre-drywall inspection comment was, "It meets code."When we are not code compliant, we have to make changes.

There is a load-bearing wall.The stud wall is under the load-bearing wall.There is a wall between the two rooms.

The counter top and cabinets will be held by this I-beam.The hole on the left was cut in the wrong spot and they moved over and cut another one.The hole is within the "zone" for such cuts.The center of the beam has been removed.Do you think that affects its strength?

Plumbing pipes along the top and a gas line on the bottom can be seen.What if Mother Nature dislikes this arrangement?It's in the local code.Is it in her code?

Dead load is the weight of materials put into a house.It would be granite and kitchen cabinets.

How much of the "live load" will be put in the cabinets by the people in this house?My answer was "no".

People are not smarter than Mother Nature.A countervailing force must overcome physics to work.Even though we have learned to control gravity, it is still in control.I am concerned about the installation's gravity.

According to a course I took last fall, notching any support beam can have consequences.Great post!

All the materials they use are able to handle granite loads if they are properly marked.The supervisor is supposed to be aware of that."supposed." is the key word.

For sure, Daniel.The builders are familiar with these things.It would be fine to call the rep, but he will just say space it like this.He thinks coming out is busy work.

The diagram shows the industry standard for notching.Problems have to result if they are varied.

The maximum hole size in my "Silent Floor" TJI book is 12-3/4" square, which is appropriate for the location.The ductwork looks bigger than that.I don't know what I'm missing.

I'm aware of their advantages and limitations, having used "Silent Floor" joists for several years.You often end up with improper cuts if you aren't standing there guiding the subcontractor.

Jay, what a great picture of nature.You had other options, like Hurrican Irene.This one gets the point across well.Have a great weekend!

I have never seen a hole that big without looking at any specifications.Code doesn't mean jack when it comes to manufactures specifications.Builders love how they wrap themselves in a code blanket.

Shadow!The trunk is 12 feet long.You can tell by the vent in the dryer.It is dead center as well.The hole was cut to the size of the trunk.Not that big one beside!

John, I don't think you need to supervise something as simple as that.My mistake was 7-11 construction.

Steven was going to use this one.She seems to be too stern for a Mother Nature with her schtick.She looks like my second grade teacher.I was home sick a lot.

Jim hates that."So, you build your houses to a minimum standard?"That always gets them.Mother Nature should be sick on them.

I agree with the code.Someone has his/her own specifications when things are engineered.There is always gravity if that isn't enough.

It's so scary to not know if the ibeams holding your house up are supportive or not, in your opinion what is the best type of beam to be looking for?Is it steel or wood?

When installed correctly, wood I-beams are fine.It takes a steel beam to carry the load in the center of the house.There are three steel beams in my house.There were lots of floor I-beams.

Tell David to open his group in Virginia.I couldn't afford the taxes that you wanted me to pay.

More often than not, the code is superseded by the specifications.I bet it's Mr.Builders don't like to hear that.

Jim, if the code is the minimum standard.Does the engineer want the product to be used in a lesser capacity circumstance?The builder does that.Is still violating the law.

Thank you, Jay, for being an excellent inspector, a terrific writer and someone with a good sense of humor.I thought it was your mom.!

That's the way it always works.The builder won't make any changes once the city/town building inspector completes their report.

I don't know if this house will end up in a lawsuit.A beautiful house on Lovers Lane was the site of a recent law suit.The family was imprisoned in a home of horrors.You can imagine how bad it was.The presiding judge made a rare decision after a monthlong trial in which they sued their contractor, broker, and seven others.

Thanks to you.I try to be helpful and have fun at the same time.Go against Mother Nature!Not my mother.She had the same hair for the rest of her life.And gone for a long time now.

Jim was not the only one concerned by this.We will have to see what the live load brings to the situation.

After all, you don't have to live there.Isn't that what the crews say?

Robert, what they forget to say is that someone has to live there.That lady looks like a lot of fun, but not my mother.

I see things that are code, but they are not.Sometimes the codes are old and have not been revised, other times the product is new and the code has not caught up with it.The manufacturer's installation instructions will have an effect on local codes.

Builders only see the local code requirements as their only requirement.There was no attention to detail or continuing education.

All this has to do with liability.If someting goes wrong and someone gets hurt, who will pay?The real bottom line is that.

I make sure that the person holding the liability is not me.I help my client to not have the liability by writing my report in such a way.The builder holds the liability if the builder says that it is ok.The local municipalities have liability immunity.This is the case everywhere in Illinois.

I had a new construction house that used OSB I joists.The first floor was partially built when the rain started.The manufacturer's instructions state that they can't get wet, so I told the builder that and even showed him the documentation.The local code inspector told me that they did not have to be replaced.I wrote it into the report for my client, but the builder and the agent told the client not to worry and that I was just being too picky.The client left the house.

I got a call from the client.The floor under the kitchen was partially collapsed.We had to open the ceiling because the OSB webbing had delaminated and partially rotted.There are no signs of water damage.During initial construction, the joists got wet.

The client sued everyone.I called it out and got off.The contract only required the builder to build to the local code standard if he paid a small amount.immunity was declared by the villageThe client's insurance said it was a construction error.

Bill agreed.Best Practices is what I refer to.I started a Best Practices group here.Check it out!

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