At a recent Builder Breakfast, speakers Buddy Skinner and Ruthie Helms spoke about the common code violations found by the respective cities builder inspectors. After the meeting, both had their inspectors each compile a list of the top five most common code violations for residential construction. Are you committing one of these mistakes?

  1. Incorrect foundation anchorage
  2. Inadequate bracing of rafters (kings and valleys)
  3. Improper span and bearing of porch beams
  4. Improper fasteners of star stringers and landings
  5. Ductwork not properly sealed
  1. Fire blocking
  2. Concrete encased electrode or 2 rods
  3. No pressure on gas lines
  4. Missing hangers
  5. 3″ elevation of HVAC
  1. Wrong size breaker on condenser unit
  2. Draft stop of stairs, fireplaces, and chases
  3. Inadequate foundation anchoring
  4. No grounding electrode
  5. No or low pressure on water test supply
  1. Air trapped in lines – underground plumbing not completely filled with water
  2. Steps and chases not properly fire blocked/draft stopped
  3. Foundation straps not installed per manufactures instructions
  4. test is not on gas and water lines
  5. Outside HVAC units not 3 inches above final grade