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A Group Of Strapping Studs

This post might not be exactly what you expecting, given the title and all...

When an array of studs is used as support under major load points, they are just nailed together and need some help.

The help comes in the form of straps.  Ideally the straps should be placed high, middle and low.  The purpose of the straps is to prevent spreading out of the studs over time as weight and gravity do what they do best.

This is an array under a steel beam in a garage on a recent pre-drywall inspection.  The steel beam is visible on top of the array.

You can see that the first attempt just missed by a bit!

The second attempt did get strapped, but with only two.  That was not my biggest problem with the job.  The strapping should wrap completely around the array and be nailed on each end and into each stud.  This will prevent separation.  It appears correct, doesn't it?

But what if the studs are not really nailed at all?

 

 

 

 

What if the nails are into the seams instead?

Now I'm no engineer, but does this seem right to you?

Yeah, not to me either.

On top of it, there were other stud arrays in the house, similarly under major load points, which were not even strapped at all.  I know, they should be.  ALL stud arrays should be...  The supervisor said that it was just my opinion that they need to be strapped.  Opinion? 

Mother Nature will enforce her laws, with or without our opinions.

If stud arrays aren't strapped, again, over time, weight and gravity will work and settlement will occur as the studs separate inside the walls.  Have you been in a recently-built house and seen what appears to be crushed drywall?  That is more than likely from an improper structure UNDER that drywall.

My recommendation:  Hire a home inspector!  Even what might appear to be correct can be caught with an experienced eye and exposed as not correct at all.

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 16 commentsJay Markanich • May 23 2010 07:08PM

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Clever title Jay!....

Not my vision of Strapping Studs, yet proof once again that you should ALWAYS get a home inspection!

Best regards,

Posted by Judi Boad (SOLUTIONS REAL ESTATE) about 10 years ago

Judi - sorry to disappoint you!  And I agree - always get a home inspection.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

I'm with Judi * I was thinking Chippendales and about to brake $100 bill for $1s * NOT Clydesdales!!!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 10 years ago

Sorry, Wallace.  I am... really...

I was talking about HOLY, um, holey straps nailed TO studs...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

Jay - Good eye that could help the owner avoid future problems.  I'd imagine the local inspector wouldn't give it a second look.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) about 10 years ago

Rule # 1

Always strap your stud

sorry I had to

enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton Mass (New England Real Estate Center Inc.) about 10 years ago

Wow they actually managed to hit every seam. You would almost have to be trying to do it that way.

Posted by Troy Pappas, Virginia Beach Home Inspector (Safe House Property Inspections) about 10 years ago

Mr Jay,

I thought the title said "stapped-in studs" and here I are.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 10 years ago

John - that was the builder's position, "The County approved it."  That's pure pap.  They didn't see it for sure, and still, that doesn't make it right or smart.

Don - or the whole group of them...

Troy - those holes are pre-drilled, so they positioned it that way.  7-11 construction, for sure.

Nutsy - that is a strap, for sure!  Or your gear to go have a match with a couple of Ninjas.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

My heart fluttered at the subject matter...and alas....a less than perfect stud....no surprise...they're everywhere...darn !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 10 years ago

Jay, for some reason I think that array is likely to spread under a heavy load.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) about 10 years ago

S&D - some strong studs there, but for sure they needed to be more strapping.

Jack - methinks the same.  There were other arrays indoors, which were not strapped, and were already separating.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

Mr Jay,

Mr Charles bought me the outfit and I think it is swell.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Are you saying the suit makes you look like a strapping stud, Nutsy?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

There is no excuse for that. Like Troy said, you almost have to be trying to do something like that.

Posted by Mike Gillingham (Eastern Iowa Inspection Services LLC) about 10 years ago

I understand that strap has pre-drilled holes Mike.  Why do you suppose that "carpenter" would do such a thing?  My answer - he was picked up at 7-11 and doesn't know better.  In fact, he might not even understand what the strap is for.  He was just told to put it on there!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 10 years ago

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