Sunday, October 9, 2011
Construction Update October 2 to 7, 2011
But before I could cover the 3x8 posts at each end, I knew I needed the engineer's approval. Ritchie Smith asked me to send him several photos of the posts with close-ups of how they were attached and very soon after emailing them to him he gave me the green light to go ahead and cover.
So plan B was to take out three or four studs in the new master bedroom closet so we could slide them into place parallel from behind. It was a piece of cake... howbeit a heavy piece of cake!
I made a call to the building inspector to find out for sure what the building code was for headroom clearance. If I was going to fix it, I only wanted to do it once. The inspector was very helpful and told me the minimum code was 6 foot 5 inches... 77 inches vertical clearance from stair nosing to header. I checked and as it sat at the time it was 75 inches. Close but no cigar. It had to be changed.
With a simple stud cut to the right length and a lever with fulcrum we had the header moved over a foot and up tight to the floor plywood as tight as ever. This repair fix took no more than about an hour and we now have headroom clearance of 80 inches... 3 more inches than the minimum code required. It feels alright now. You can see the pencil line where the joist hanger used to be on the joist.
If Michael Jordan comes to visit he will have to duck his head... but for the rest of us it will do just fine.
Check it out.