Missing Hurricane Straps

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

Missing hurricane straps.

Hurricane straps?  What is a hurricane strap?

Hurricane straps are a half-twist metal plate with holes which allow a roof rafter to be nailed to the framing below.

Years ago I wrote a blog post regarding hurricane straps and their use published at ActiveRain, which you can read here.

Inspecting a home recently, pre-drywall, I noticed that the hurricane straps were missing completely.

Even though I was not sure the county had seen and/or approved the framing in this house it was my job to instruct my clients about what hurricane straps are, and why they should be present in that house.

Newer codes require that every roof rafter should be secured to the framing with a hurricane strap.

This better secures the roof structure to the house structure.  Before such straps toe nailing was used, which of course was not, and is not, effective.

Why these straps would be missing on a house supposedly ready for a pre-drywall inspection is unknown.  Typically at the point I am asked to look at the house it is county approved and ready for drywall.  This house was not.  But it's a very easy fix!

My recommendation:  pre-drywall inspections are as important to the building process as any inspection.  It is the only time the house can be seen in a skeletal state and before mistakes and sins are covered with drywall!  As a Certified Construction Inspector I have been doing pre-drywall inspections for decades, and this is despite the builder's usual claim that they are unnecessary as there are "so many other inspections" on a house.  A private pre-drywall home inspection is essential! 

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Once everything is covered up, these things become hidden. Inspections of a home in progress are definitely needed

Dec 29, 2016 03:06 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
ABR, CRB, GRI, MBA...experience counts!

I agree-I think if framers can save time they will do it.

Dec 29, 2016 03:58 AM #2
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Jay. Another testimonial to the need for staged home inspections in new construction. Enjoy your day!

Dec 29, 2016 05:30 AM #3
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Jay. This is a really good one. I never heard of these but am glad to know about it now. TY

Dec 29, 2016 06:31 AM #4
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Jay. This is really excellent. I never heard of this before but am glad I know now. TY

Dec 29, 2016 06:32 AM #5
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Jay. This is an excellent piece of information. Never knew this before. TY

Dec 29, 2016 06:33 AM #6
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

The amount of time and money saved does not make up for the litigation if could bring

Dec 29, 2016 10:34 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Kat - hence the need for a pre-drywall inspection!  It's not always the crime, but the coverup that makes the news.

Dennis - this is more than saving time.  Sometimes I see things like this and wonder if it is ignorance and not oversight!

Wayne - of which I am an advocate!

Thanks, Sheila.  Twice!  I try to inform.  You'll like tomorrow's post!

William - I wonder what would happen if a hurricane lifted the roof off and the investigation proved there were no straps!  That would make the news, and maybe the "mayhem" insurance commercials!

Dec 29, 2016 02:07 PM #8
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Stephen Weakley
Nationwide Mortgage Services - Rockville, MD

Always nice to take a peek under the covers before you buy!

Dec 29, 2016 02:32 PM #9
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Well, I take more than a peek, Stephen.  People are very happy when I am done.  Once the county came to look at the insulation while I was there.  I had previous to their visit taken 4 photos of whole walls that were missing insulation.  The county approved the insulation - he was inside the house for 4 minutes.  Unbelievable.

Dec 29, 2016 03:25 PM #10
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