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Missing Hurricane Straps

Missing hurricane straps.

Hurricane straps?  What is a hurricane strap?

Hurricane straps are a half-twist metal plate with holes which allow a roof rafter to be nailed to the framing below.

Years ago I wrote a blog post regarding hurricane straps and their use published at ActiveRain, which you can read here.

Inspecting a home recently, pre-drywall, I noticed that the hurricane straps were missing completely.

Even though I was not sure the county had seen and/or approved the framing in this house it was my job to instruct my clients about what hurricane straps are, and why they should be present in that house.

Newer codes require that every roof rafter should be secured to the framing with a hurricane strap.

This better secures the roof structure to the house structure.  Before such straps toe nailing was used, which of course was not, and is not, effective.

Why these straps would be missing on a house supposedly ready for a pre-drywall inspection is unknown.  Typically at the point I am asked to look at the house it is county approved and ready for drywall.  This house was not.  But it's a very easy fix!

My recommendation:  pre-drywall inspections are as important to the building process as any inspection.  It is the only time the house can be seen in a skeletal state and before mistakes and sins are covered with drywall!  As a Certified Construction Inspector I have been doing pre-drywall inspections for decades, and this is despite the builder's usual claim that they are unnecessary as there are "so many other inspections" on a house.  A private pre-drywall home inspection is essential! 

 

 

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 10 commentsJay Markanich • December 29 2016 10:14AM

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Once everything is covered up, these things become hidden. Inspections of a home in progress are definitely needed

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly) over 2 years ago

I agree-I think if framers can save time they will do it.

Posted by Dennis Swartz, MBA, GRI...experience counts! (Full Circle Property Management) over 2 years ago

Good morning Jay. Another testimonial to the need for staged home inspections in new construction. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 2 years ago

Good morning Jay. This is a really good one. I never heard of these but am glad to know about it now. TY

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

Good morning Jay. This is really excellent. I never heard of this before but am glad I know now. TY

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

Good morning Jay. This is an excellent piece of information. Never knew this before. TY

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

The amount of time and money saved does not make up for the litigation if could bring

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 2 years ago

Kat - hence the need for a pre-drywall inspection!  It's not always the crime, but the coverup that makes the news.

Dennis - this is more than saving time.  Sometimes I see things like this and wonder if it is ignorance and not oversight!

Wayne - of which I am an advocate!

Thanks, Sheila.  Twice!  I try to inform.  You'll like tomorrow's post!

William - I wonder what would happen if a hurricane lifted the roof off and the investigation proved there were no straps!  That would make the news, and maybe the "mayhem" insurance commercials!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Always nice to take a peek under the covers before you buy!

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 2 years ago

Well, I take more than a peek, Stephen.  People are very happy when I am done.  Once the county came to look at the insulation while I was there.  I had previous to their visit taken 4 photos of whole walls that were missing insulation.  The county approved the insulation - he was inside the house for 4 minutes.  Unbelievable.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

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