Thursday, September 26, 2013
Tall and Cripple Walls
In today's picture we see a 1920's vintage garage where it appears the roof was raised approximately 30" to accommodate an interior loft configuration. A couple of issues have been created by these non permitted alterations. We've increased the exterior wall framing load on the original concrete footing/foundation. We've failed to add lateral support framing to the original exterior wall framing. We've also failed to install proper earthquake resistant "Simpson" framing hardware at the upper cripple wall to prevent failure during a seismic event.
Remember, always use licensed contractors, obtain the proper building permits and in this case structural engineering reports and when in doubt, error on the side of safety!
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