02:03AM | 06/11/05
Member Since: 06/10/05
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I am looking at a modular home to purchase, it has a crawl space and the inspector has found that the marriage wall support columns are not under the marriage wall, but only support the front half of the house. The back half is supported only by being bolted to the marriage wall. I agree with the inspector that this is a problem, but the town engineer says it is not. What is the currect answer? Should the columns be under and support the marriage wall? HELP!

Glenn Good

05:47AM | 06/18/05
Member Since: 09/10/03
314 lifetime posts
It is beneficial and therefore desirable to have direct support under both sides of a marriage wall (my personal opinion, based on over 34 years construction experience).

If the house was designed requiring only the supports you already have in place, and they are in the designed location, it should be adequate.

If you are in doubt and have access to the house plans, they should show the number, size, and location of the required supports. The building inspector SHOULD have looked at the plans to insure the required supports were installed as shown. (Unfortunately this may not always be the case in some locals where the inspectors are too few and overloaded)

Get hold of the plans (if you do not already have them) and look at the number and location of all required supports on the structural drawing and either check them yourself, or hire a home inspector to check them for you.


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