- Mar 9, 2007
- HUH ? Oh..... CT
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Me and my wife tried to make it an every thing shop. She wanted an apartment/ I wanted just a shop. 6x6 pole barn was $200k cheaper than wood construction. I would like to say thanks for listening to my vent.
( why in the f'k did we pay for plans if none of these jackwagons can read it)!
I could go on and on about the framing, but I won't because it's not going to help!!
I hate to say it, but this is a total mess. You have the pole barn providing the structure, so you don't need headers over the windows - they're not carrying any load, but then they have BOTH a 2x4 and (what looks like) a 2x12 framed in above the windows. Yet, like Broski says, there's no trimmers (or jack studs) to support the header - so they're doubly useless... Then there is the double plate between the window and the transom, a second double plate over the top of the "headers", and a final (but single) plate at the top of the wall - where it really should have a double top plate... Breaking up the studs like this lowers the rigidity of the wall and the multiple double plates will act as hinges. If a load is applied to the side of the wall (like wind), instead of resisting it will fold at the plate. Coupled with the nailing pattern (as Broski points out), I hope you aren't in a hurricane area because this is going to fold up and fall apart. ThermoPLY can be used as an interior shear wall bracing and for exterior bracing, but you have to follow the installation requirements - and I'm still not sure I'd rely solely on it if you're designing for hurricane forces.
Is this what was drawn on the plans? If so, your "architect" has no clue what he is doing. If this is not on the plans, your "contractor" has no idea what he is doing. If it's on the plans, I'm not sure how they passed the code review. If it's not on the plans, you may be in for a surprise when it comes to the framing inspection.
Mind you, I'm not Registered in Florida, so my opinion has absolutely no "official" value, but that mess scares me!