Today was our first inspection. It could have gone better.
We called for the inspection last week and, since the Building Official for the City of Monte Sereno was not available on Friday, we had our inspection this morning at 11:00 am. We needed to have the reinforcing steel (rebar) inspected, as well as the rough-in of the plumbing and the electrical conduit inspected.
Although it had been raining periodically, it started to rain quite heavily when the Building Official, Howard Bell, arrived. Although we were covered by the tarps, walking around on rebar with a full set of building plans in one hand was not good. Given the rain was forecasted to continue through the week, Jorge advised me that we probably wouldn’t be pouring concrete this week. Pressure was off.
Howard looked at the job site and oriented himself, and then discussed the project status with both the plumber (G-Man) and our on-site foreman (Jorge). Then, he asked for the plans and the permits.
After reviewing the plans, Howard asked a number of questions, most of which Bryan had crisp answers for. The tough questions related to the structural details that were not included in the plans. Given the number of engineering changes that were made during the design phase, it was not surprising that a couple of the details were different than what was being built.
One of the basic changes that was not on the plans was moving from wooden posts to steel columns. Athough the plans are easy to change and the plates for under the steel columns become ‘typical’ as they were set out for two of the columns, this documentation needs to be up-to-date.
We concluded the inspection with agreement on specific items that needed to be addressed. Bryan was to obtain details on the engineering drawings relating to the window well design. The changes to the concrete wall under the garage needed to be documented on all the sheets. Jorge was going to get some rebar in the stairwell and follow the changes in the revised plans, if any. G-Man was grinning because the plumbing was fine. Howard verified that the electrical conduit was stamped with the appropriate certification so that was fine, too.
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