Feb 15, 2017 4:10 pm
Could anyone give me their thoughts on stud work that is curved, so the carpenter planes down one side to straighten it up thus reducing the 90x35 down to approx 80x 35, is this practice legal if the studs are meant to be 90x35 according to BCA. this is a hardiplank clad house so the frame work is it, cladding one side gyprock the other
Re: Poor framework2
Feb 15, 2017 8:23 pm
Better to have a straight frame and thus straight cladding inside and out than the alternative. Our builder has just gone around our entire structure so that everything is true before interior work starts, and he is good and I am happy. It would be nice if all the timbers were true without it, and 10mm might seem like a lot, but it is a natural material with consequential variations.
Re: Poor framework5
Feb 15, 2017 9:27 pm
That's partly the problem there are so many issues with the whole frame, and they claim to be addressing the issues, but they seem to think this is a solution whereas I don't. That's why I am wondering if it breaches building code as their reducing the size of the stud so I can use that approach in my argument.
Re: Poor framework6
Feb 15, 2017 9:32 pm
I'm not a builder or a code expert, but what's the outcome you desire? Surely you don't want them to rip it down and rebuild the entire frame? Is your contract fixed price or cost plus, and even if fixed price, I think you would have a tough time convincing them that such major work would be within scope.
Re: Poor framework9
Feb 16, 2017 7:44 am
It is standard building practice to straighten timber walls with planning studs bowed out and packing studs bowed in. In most cases there will be no significant detriment to the frame however, any badly bowed studs should have been weeded out before building into the wall. Badly bowed stud can be replaced or partly cut across and spliced with another section of timber to the side.
If it's done in a workmanlike manner it will be ok and the structural stresses on a dwelling are unlikely to approach anywhere near becoming a problem. So perhaps you are worrying too much but I have not seen your frame. What is your independent inspector saying about all this?
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