Orlando Home Inspection - 50 Most Common Problem with New Homes
   
50 Most Common Problems with New Homes: 21 thru 30

21.   Some of the roof framing has ridge beams that are too small and do not extend to the bottom of the rafters. The ridge must extend down to the bottom of the rafters to properly support the rafters. The ridge shall not be less in depth than the cut end of the rafters. (1995 CABO 1 & 2 Family Dwelling Code, Section 802.3)

22.   Roof purlin supports, supporting the rafters, are double 2x4's which are not the proper size. The purlins should be single 2x6's turned perpendicular to the rafters which are stronger and less expensive than flat 2x4's. Purlins shall be sized no less than the size of the rafters they support.  (1995 CABO 1 & 2 Family Dwelling Code, Section 802.4.1)

23.   Some of the rafter purlins support post exceed 48 inches apart. Additional support post are required to properly support the purlins. All rafter purlins must be braced every 48 inches to a load bearing wall or support. (1995 CABO 1 & 2 Family Dwelling Code, Section 802.4.1)

24.   Some of the rafter purlins are spliced between the support posts. Support members are not allowed to be spliced without additional support installed. All purlins should be spliced directly above a support post. Purlins must be continuous between braces. (1995 CABO 1 & 2 Family Dwelling Code, Section 802.4.1)

25.   Roof framing support members have "V" joint or bird mouth splices that are not properly reinforced or supported by a support post to a load bearing wall below. All load bearing beams must be supported at any splice. Roof framing shall be capable of supporting all loads imposed and shall transmit the resulting loads to its supporting structural elements.  (1995 CABO 1 & 2 Family Dwelling Code, Section 801.2)

26.   Attic is missing floor from the end of the attic stairs to the furnace. This makes it dangerous to climb over the stairs to access the flooring at the furnace. All attics must have an unobstructed, floored passageway 22" wide x 30" high to the furnace. (1995 CABO 1 & 2 Family Dwelling Code, Section 1401.5) (2000 Standard Mechanical Code 306.3)

27.   Attic insulation certification card is missing. This is required to verify the attic has the proper amount of insulation. The insulation installer shall provide a signed and dated certification for the insulation installed, listing the type of insulation, the manufacturer and the R-value. (1995 CABO Model Energy Code Sect. 102.1.2)

28.   Attic insulation thickness markers are missing. One thickness marker is required every 300 s.f. of floor area. The thickness of roof/ceiling blown insulation shall be identified by the thickness markers. (1995 CABO Model Energy Code Sect. 102.1.3)

29.   Attic insulation is not deep enough. Sometimes the insulation settles and is not deep enough. The insulation installer certifies the minimum thickness of the insulation. (1995 CABO Model Energy Code Sect. 102.1.2)

30.   Attic is missing firestopping at an open chase. A chase is an opening in the attic floor that could allow a fire, from the story below, to enter the attic. All openings in the attic floor need sealing with drywall. Firestopping is required at each floor, at the attic floor and at all roof penetrations.  (1995 CABO 1 & 2 Family Dwelling Code, Section 602.7)

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