Ops! Anchor Bolt Redo

During a previous inspection – I think it was for framing – the City had called me out on the anchor bolts.

Portland code requires the anchor bolts be installed with square washers to prevent pull-thorough under load. The builder had installed with no washers. I thought they needed the washers but the builder said it passes without.

Sometimes I have a feeling that the City comes down harder on DIY homeowners than the builders, although I’ve heard the opposite as well.

Anyway, I backed out the bolts – an good drill helps – also used a wrench where headroom was restricted. The washers are kind of spendy at around $5/each.

I was concerned the replacement bolts would not go in quite as tight so I epoxied any that were going in too easily.

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Bill Dickens

I grew up on a hill country farm in New Zealand, then lived and worked in Hong Kong. I moved to Portland, Oregon in 2009. I'm presently renovating my 1929 "English Cottage" house in the Irvington Historic District.

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