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    Default Foundation bolts

    Okay I have been looking for some thoughts on these bolts. They have chiseled the sill plate to get the bolt and washer on. This is in western Washington so we have some seismic considerations
    I know that they are not installed with proper height but would like some of your thoughts on this particular installation.

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    Default Re: Foundation bolts

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Hester View Post
    Okay I have been looking for some thoughts on these bolts. They have chiseled the sill plate to get the bolt and washer on. This is in western Washington so we have some seismic considerations
    I know that they are not installed with proper height but would like some of your thoughts on this particular installation.
    Well Don, I'm not an engineer, but I play one on TV

    In general, most earthquake movement is lateral, not vertical. As a result, the chiseled mudsill is less of a problem than a notched mudsill. However, if there are more than one or two, it would add up and become a problem. In addition, the type of nuts indicate an older home. Older homes can benefit from additional seismic retrofitting.

    All of that would be off the record, because I am not an engineer and not qualified to supply a professional opinion. On the record, I would note the condition and defer to an engineer.

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