I love going into a pre-drywall inspection and find things that are excellently done - like, for instance, steel beams with a great butt.
What, you say? Steel beams have a butt?
Yes, when they are butted one up against another!
This is a large house, with two steel beams holding up the main level and the load-bearing walls resting above.
It is exceptionally important that when two meet somewhere along the span that they not only butt against each other flush and true, but securely.
It is OFTEN that I see them resting on top of a column with the column ends merely hooked around the bottom of each beam.
In this house the union was terrific!
First, the span of each beam is different, so one is slightly smaller than the other.
That means the tops have to be flush and the bottom needs to accommodate the difference in size.
Notice how this column is attached.
The larger beam is secured to the column with bolts. The smaller beam rests on a shim.
To tie the two together everything has been welded to the column.
But, to insure that there is no movement or slippage of the butted ends of the beams, they have WELDED AND BOLTED a steel plate to both beams, front and back. That required drilling extra holes. It also means that the ends are snugged very flush one to the other.
The bulkhead hiding the structural elements is framed accordingly, and will later get drywall.
IT WAS WELL DONE!
Looking at all the steps, including the extra ones, I consider this to be a
The bottom of the column has its own footer support, and will be surrounded by the concrete slab.
While I am not exactly a butt man, this one impressed me!
My recommendation: I love pointing out good work to clients who are buying a new house. They are nervous and any good information from a home inspector is pleasing. I never miss an opportunity to talk up a home when I get the chance. We are there, after all, to investigate everything!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560