What’s Wrong With This Picture?

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

When prospective future homeowners set out to design and build their own home, the first thing they do is come up with a concept and seek out qualified professionals to help them accomplish the goal: an affordable, structurally sound building. After all, they have saved their hard-earned money and are looking to engage in the “American Dream”, right?

So they bring their idea to an architect who draws the plans. The plans are taken to a homebuilder, etc., etc. You know the drill here. All along they are trusting that each party is qualified, competent and reliable enough to perform the tasks as agreed. Seems like a reasonable enough thing to expect, does it not?

After all, we have a permitting process. We have experienced home builders. We even have jobsite inspectors to verify the work performed. But is that enough?

I have been on numerous jobsites in my career and have seen some pretty strange and questionable things. The purpose of this article is not to highlight those. It is for you to look and find it for yourself.

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I was on a jobsite recently and saw some things that raised some concern. I now challenge you, the reader, to see if you can see what I saw and leave your comments below.

A 3-ply LVL beam carrying lower roof, upper roof and wall:


Another 3-ply LVL beam carrying lower roof, upper roof and wall:


A floor truss condition where the upper wall and lower wall does not stack:


A floor truss strongback application:


A hip set assembled on the ground:


Now, hopefully the inspectors will flag those items so the homeowner can have a sound structure. I drove by a few days later and the job was up and sheathed, so I am not so sure. It is too early in the game to tell (as of the writing of this article).

As I was driving by that day, I noticed trusses still on the ground that were not installed. Ummmmm, really? Truss companies simply DO NOT provide “extra” trusses. If there were trusses left over, that should raise a GIANT red flag. It will be interesting to see how this job develops as time goes on!

What kinds of things have you seen over the years? Leave your comments in the section below.