What the...

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Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc.

What the...
OSB is not approved insulation material     It is not unusual to go into areas where the code is, "There ain't no codes!" Builders doing construction in jurisdictions such as this, loosely adopt the IRC (International Residential Codes) as they know that there will be no codes inspectors looking over their shoulders making sure that they correct irregularities in their construction practices.
However; home inspectors must still adhere to their standards of practices and "codes" governing their trade.
     Recently, I came across an unusual situation in which the builder installed expensive OSB (Oriented Strand Board) on the crawlspace walls. Immediately the red flags went up and I thought "What the..." IRC, as adopted for this area, requires the area below theMissing thermal barrier living space to be insulated and the thermal barrier from the living space to be extended into and through the area below. OSB is not a recognized insulating material, and the thermal barrier has not been extended.   
     I am not the brightest bulb in the string, but in IMHO, it would have far less expensive to install batting between the floor joists or use some other approved methods to conform to industry standards. It really makes one wonder at times...

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Rainmaker
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James Dray
AR., MO., or OK. I can find the home for you.
Wise Custom Realty

Morning Michael when the boss (inspectors) are away and what they don't see won't hurt them attitude will come back and bite them at some time in the future.

April 05, 2012 04:02 AM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin LLC
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"There ain't no codes," but thankfully for the buyer, he got a home inspection! Enjoy your day!

April 05, 2012 04:21 AM
Rainmaker
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Carol Zingone
Global Realtor Based in Jax Beach, FL
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty

Michael - I'm sure you see thousands of interesting things, but I agree "There ain't no codes" is not a good start!

April 06, 2012 05:13 AM
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Rob Thomas
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954

Michael ...If I were buying a Home in Nashville I would definitely want you on my side!  Have a great weekend!

April 07, 2012 04:31 AM
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James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

Looks like it gets wet down there. How longdo you suppose it will be before that OSB starts coming unglued. 

April 07, 2012 05:11 AM
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