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    Default Rotating beam

    From this mornings inspection. 2005 open concept living area on a single story with a built-up beam over the living area spanning 20+ feet with purlin braces down to the beam. I've often called these out for lack of bracing to prevent rotation but this is the worst result I have seen in a 5 year old house. The purlin braces hit the top of the beam at an angle pushing it over and little bracing to keep it from rotating. What could have been prevented with a few braces will likely cost $1000 or more to correct.
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    Default Re: Rotating beam

    Good catch, Jim. Is there a builder's warranty on it? It would be good to nail the perpetrators.
    Then present them with a bill for repairs by a pro.

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    This is a flip of a bank repo so who knows about the warranty. The flipper still owns it for now

    Jim Luttrall
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    Very nice catch. I don't see the $150 checkbox guys catching that one.

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    Default Re: Rotating beam

    They installed a brace on the end....just on the wrong side from where the pressure is! They tried....just not good enough.

    Good pictures of "why" rotation braces are needed.

    We ask for a brace on both sides. Problem is on free spanned areas with a long span sometimes there's nothing to brace the middle span of the beam to.

    Good catch!

    Can I copy the pictures to use as reference?


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    Sure thing Wayne, copy away.

    Jim Luttrall
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    Default Re: Rotating beam

    Thanks


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    Default Re: Rotating beam

    That's one of those "Holy Crap!" moments.

    The question is not "if", but "when" something 'not real good' may happen.

    Very good catch.

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    Default Re: Rotating beam

    Two things come to mind:

    1. Where the heck is my hard hat?
    2. How fast can I get outta here?



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