Well, the question remains - is YOUR stud supportive?
Studs sometimes have to be jacks of all trades! They should be long, tall, strong - everything you want in a stud!
This steel beam is a MAJOR load point under one side of this house.
It continues from here behind the photo to anchor into a foundation wall.
And it continues from here forward another 10' or so.
Looking into the gap, that span is supported by, yes, 2x4 studs! And part of that 10' is a six foot opening for a double door into a bath/laundry room!
The load point you see here is under a point where there is a collection of joists supporting what is above - a load-bearing wall, the corner of a staircase, and a point where what are probably two different double micro-laminate beams come together.
This point is a single stud! The more orange 2x4 on the right is not touching anything.
Absolutely, positively sure that nothing will slip, however, Flipper, not his real name, glued a very attractive "shim" to the beam on the top of the stud that was cut slightly too short!
Don't worry. There is a single toe nail holding the stud to the shim!
The question does remain - is YOUR stud supportive? I hope so. And as cute as this one is.
I think this stud is trying to appear depended on, but is not supportive enough...
What should the support be? Metal columns, attached to the beam (typically with weld points) and buried into their own support under the slab. I could not tell if there were any metal columns at all under this beam.
My recommendation: what more can be said but, when you are looking over the finery of the most recent flip your clients want to buy, LOOK CAREFULLY! Things may not always be as they appear!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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