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Thread: Foundation bolts
11-07-2011, 07:47 PM #1
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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11-07-2011, 08:53 PM #2
Re: Foundation bolts
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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