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This Is A Great Idea!

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 12 commentsJay Markanich • June 24 2010 04:58PM

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So, where are all of the holes in the "round hole zone" Jay? :) Get that drill started.

Posted by Hank Spinnler, Atlanta Home Inspector (Harmony Home Inspection Services of GA) over 8 years ago

Even Billy Jays wouldn't mess up a dedicated round hole zone.

Posted by Kate Kate over 8 years ago

Hi Jay,

Just curious. I agree that it SHOULD be hard to make a mistake with the instructions right there...but...  :)

all the best...

Posted by Bill Saunders, Realtor®, www.BillSellsHotSprings.com (Meyers Realty) over 8 years ago

I was glad there weren't any Hank!

Kate - he'd be trying to sell people a square peg to put into them...

Bill - these days, given the quality of some of the construction crews, you might wonder, huh?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Until its Friday at four and someone is ready to call it a week. A little sandpaper and then "What no hole zone? Get the drill."

Posted by Troy Pappas, Virginia Beach Home Inspector (Safe House Property Inspections) over 8 years ago

I can see that happening Troy, especially in the basement where there is a 25' span!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay,

I don't know anything about pre-construction and what my responsibilities would be as an agent and nor would I have known about the pre-hole or no-hole issues.  I am still a bit clueless, but articles like this helps me to know what I need to look out for.

Posted by Beyonca Clark (Century21 New Millennium) over 8 years ago

Beyonca - happy to help!  If I were you, anytime you represent someone buying new construction, always recommend a pre-drywall inspection to them.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Great idea and hard to screw up while the home is under construction.  Once the drywall goes up and the owners are living there, that wording is covered up.  And people get some weird ideas about what to place where or other "improvements" to make. 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 8 years ago

True Chris Ann, but during construction there is so much temptation to do things to beams that ought not be done!  I see if often...  What do you want to bet that one day I will see this same beam with holes where it says not to put them?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Why did it take this long for something so simple?

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 8 years ago

Do you mean, Reuben, like wheels on suitcases?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

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