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Good Morning. Building Safety and Permits has 74 inspections with 1 leftover for today, July 24, 2014. Please note that the 2012 ICC Codes have been adopted effective July 14. This adoption references the 2012 editions of the Virginia Construction Code, Virginia Residential Code, Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Codes. The 2011 National Electrical Code was also adopted on July 14.
Contact: Allen Turner - Assistant Building Official - 757-253-6684
Karolee Towe will be reviewing plans today (July 24).
We are currently reviewing residential permit applications submitted on: July 11, 2014
We are currently reviewing commercial permit applications submitted on: July 1, 2014
Contact: Allen Turner or David Wolfe Kent - 757-253-6626
NOTE: When scheduling inspections on the new e-permit website please remember the following:
For new 1&2 Family dwellings, the trade permits will automatically be scheduled at the time the framing inspection is requested. Trade inspections will not be conducted prior to framing inspections.
For alterations/additions, each trade permit holder must request their own inspections as those are not automatically scheduled.
We will not conduct a final building inspection until all trade inspections have passed. Trade inspections will not be done concurrently with the final building inspection. Final building inspections scheduled without all other trades passed will automatically be cancelled.
Please remember to schedule a concrete encased electrode inspection when a footing inspection has been scheduled for a new building.
Items of Interest - June
Carriage Bolts are NOT recognized by the AF&PA NDS (National Design Specification for Wood Construction) for wood-to-wood structural applications.
AF&PA NDS references; ANSI B18.2.1 – machine bolts and lag screws and ANSI B18.6.1 – wood screws
The specification for carriage bolts is ANSI B18.5 and is NOT referenced in the NDS. Since it is not referenced, the performance or load for carriage bolts in wood-to-wood applications is not available. Therefore, it is NOT a code-compliant fastener for structural application for a wood-to-wood connection. They do not provide the same performance as a machine bolt and are not recognized by the referenced standard in the code (AF&PA NDS) for wood-to-wood fastener connections.
Additionally, a metal plate, metal strap, or washer not less than a standard cut washer shall be between the wood and the bolt head and between the wood and the nut. NDS – ’05 – 184.108.40.206, C220.127.116.11-Bolts
- How would you get a properly sized washer on a carriage bolt since carriage bolts typically have a square shoulder and washers typically have a round inside dimension?
The purpose of the washer under the head and nut prevent localized crushing of the wood at bolt holes.
- How would you tighten a carriage bolt without crushing the wood?
All crawl space floor elevations should be at the same or higher elevation than the perimeter grade unless soil conditions are proven to exist that drains readily, the foundation is waterproofed or foundation drains are installed.