I’ll preface this by saying this is our first home build and my wife and I are very new to the process. After having some issues with our builder we finally started framing last week. After walking the jobsite yesterday, we noticed several things that had us concerned (missed nails in studs, window supports not resting against the cross brace and split studs). Before we go back to our builder and ask for clarification from a biased source, I was hoping to get some advice, is this normal in this stage of the build?

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    You might contact your inspection office and ask to be present for the framing inspection. Raise your concerns there.
    – isherwood
    Commented Nov 9, 2020 at 14:44
  • Where do you live? Are you in a high wind area or seismic active area?
    – Lee Sam
    Commented Nov 9, 2020 at 15:28
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    If you look close, you’ll see the bottom plates do not align and the stud does not align with plate...sloppy and will cause problems later hanging drywall. Nothing you can reject as not meeting Code, but poor construction practice.
    – Lee Sam
    Commented Nov 9, 2020 at 15:35

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That's not good. However, before you complain, grab the stud and see if it will move. It could be that the carpenter quickly fired 3 nails then realized he missed and got it right with a 2nd set of nails in which case there's nothing to worry about. Since there's a 2nd top plate (as there should be) you can't look to see if there's a 2nd set of nails, you can only try to move the stud. You may have to bang on it a bit, though with no weight on it, it should move reasonably easily if it's not actually nailed.

You could bring it up politely with the foreman, "Hey, that doesn't look quite right... Can you confirm that this was renailed?" Then wait for him to prove to you that it won't move.

I'd be more concerned, however, that the top plate joint isn't directly above the stud, but I'll leave it to the actual working carpenters here before panicking about that. I wouldn't have done that, but I don't know if it meets code or not.

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    I agree on both counts. The top plate issue strikes me as a general quality flag.
    – isherwood
    Commented Nov 9, 2020 at 14:43

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