At a pre-drywall inspection I noticed a header over a window. It was a product I had never seen this before. It is a Canadian product, similar to what we call here a Microlaminated beam or a Paralaminated beam. This is a Timberstrand. It is basically composed of wood chips and such, compressed tightly together with great heat, glue and weight. The final product (unless it gets real hot which melts the glue) is very strong.
It is easy to use. It can be cut and fitted into place, nailed to and counted on.
But it can be easily compromised.
Sometimes carpenters drill holes too close to the edges or the ends.
Plumbers are famous for cutting out whole sections or drilling large holes through beams to run their materials.
Electricians are the same way.
This product is unique in that the manufacturer has lines which tell everyone where holes can be drilled.
Look closely and there is a stamp which also says where NOT to drill holes. Under "Round Hole Zone" it says not to drill within 8" of the ends.
What a simple and fabulous idea!
Hard to make a mistake with that product.
My recommendation: When you are in a house during a pre-drywall inspection, look around and you may just see a few new products and techniques you have never seen before.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560