4. ANCHOR BOLTS AND STRAPS a. ½" anchor bolts shall be embedded 7" into concrete a maximum of 6' on center and 12" from corners and ends of plates.

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1 GENERAL CODE REQUIREMENTS (BASEMENTS) 1. FOOTINGS a. Footings shall be below frost line depth (42"). b. For an 8" foundation wall, footings shall be no less than 8" deep and 16" wide. c. Steel reinforcement consisting of a minimum of two #4 rebar required in all footings. d. Footings shall be formed on both sides with sturdy material. Trenching is permitted in stable sand or rock. e. Footings for column supporting beams shall be a minimum of 8" deep and have an area of 24" square. 2. FOUNDATION WALLS a. Basement walls may be constructed of treated wood, reinforced concrete, masonry or rock. b. Minimum wall heights. Walls shall be constructed to achieve one of the following: 1. Ceiling habitable area - 7'6". 2. To base of beam - 6" below required ceiling height. 3. Uninhabitable room - 7'0" (hallway, utility, etc.). c. Minimum wall thickness are as follows: 1. Masonry - 8" 2. Concrete - 8" 3. Wood - in accordance with design 4. Rock - 16" d. Reinforcement: (Dependent upon depth of fill, soil type, and bearing points of girder/truss system.) 1. Hollow masonry - pilasters or cores filled minimum 48" on center with rebar and all bearing points. (I-Beam pockets and girder truss.) 2. Poured/Concrete Walls: Horizontally: 2 - #4's in upper 12" of wall and 1 - #3 in bottom 12". Vertically: #3 spaced 48" on center and around openings and corners. 3. SILL PLATES a. Minimum size 2" deep and 6" wide. Shall be treated wood is less than 8" from the ground. b. Shall be anchored with ½" bolts or steel straps 6' on center embedded 7". c. For modular homes, adhere to design specifications. 4. ANCHOR BOLTS AND STRAPS a. ½" anchor bolts shall be embedded 7" into concrete a maximum of 6' on center and 12" from corners and ends of plates. 5. WATERPROOFING a. Drain tile shall be provided when habitable or useable space is subject to ground water conditions. 2" of gravel shall be provided under the tile and 6" on top with filter membrane over.

2 6. DAMPPROOFING a. Masonry block walls shall be damp proofed by one of the following methods: 1. 3/8" cement parging to grade level covered with a coat of approved foundation coating (for wet areas and clay soil conditions). 2. One heavy coat or more of approved foundation coating to grade level for sandy loam soil. 3. Tar and six-mil polyvinyl chloride (visqueen) or other membrane when you have habitable rooms in basement. 4. Other materials when approved by building department. 7. Floor shall have a minimum thickness of 4". A 6 mil. vapor barrier shall be installed over a minimum 4" gravel or coarse sand in all habitable and usable areas or where wet soil conditions prevail. NOTE: In soils other than Group I (gravel, sand, silt), a sump shall be provided 24" x 24". 8. Minimum height to floor joists is 7'0". If habitable rooms are planned, ceiling heights shall be no less than 7'6". Headroom beneath girders shall be a minimum of 6'6". 9. Where sleeping rooms are planned, one operable window 24" high and 20" wide (5.7 square feet) with a sill height 44" above the floor is required unless a door leads directly to the exterior from that space. 10. Stairways shall not be less than 3'0" in width. Headroom must be a minimum of 6'8" with a maximum rise of 8 1/4", minimum run of 9". A handrail shall be provided (height 34"- 38"). A guardrail is required on landing or balcony with a minimum height of 36" and open sides of stairs a minimum height of 34". Spindle spacing a maximum of 4" between. 11. Wood Columns: Minimum size is 4" by 4". Steel Columns: Minimum size is 3" diameter. Columns shall be anchored to prevent lateral movements at top and bottom. Base of wood columns shall have a wood preservative or be placed on a projecting pier 8" or more above floor level separated by an impervious barrier. 12. A garage planned in a basement shall be separated from the remaining structure by ½ gypsum board. All supporting structure of wood frame including beams also require ½" gypsum board. Doors from garage to adjoining space much have a 20 minute fire rating. The floor must be pitched to a drain or exterior garage entry door. No opening from garage to basement bedroom is authorized. STAIRWAYS 1. Must determine floor covering (final) elevation to achieve accurate stair riser uniformity. The code, for safety (liability) reasons, allows only 3/8 of an inch difference in any tread or riser in the whole run. The maximum height of a step is 8 1/4 inches, no more. The minimum depth is 9 inches.

3 2. Railing/guard height is 36 inches, no less. Spacing between guard spindles in no more than 4 inches. Open sides of steps need railing guard with a minimum height of 34 inches. 3. Handrails are required on one side of all stairs with three or more risers. Minimum height of 34 inches and a maximum height of 38 inches. 4. Minimum headroom for any stairwell is 6 feet, 8 inches. 5. Minimum width of any stairwell is 36 inches. ATTACHED GARAGE SPECIFICATIONS FOUNDATION: 8" isolation distance from finished grade to sill plate. Floors shall be sloped to a floor drain or to the main vehicle entry door. FRAMING: 1. 2" x 6" sill plate with ½" bolts placed 6' on center starting 12" from the corners. 2. 2" x 4" wall studs placed a maximum 24" on center. 3. Corners must be braced with rated structural sheathing or cut-in wood or metal bracing. 4. Double 2" x 4" top plate. 5. Premanufactured state approved roof trusses placed 24" on center or rafters to meet span used placed 24" on center. Trusses must meet the state determined snow load factor for the area you are building in. Truss brackets (tie-downs) are required. 6. ½" C.D.X. Plywood for roof sheathing with H clips or 7/16" Oxboard or Waferboard with grade stamp with H clips when on 24" centers. If trusses or rafters are 16" on center, no H clips are required pound felt on roof lb. shingles over felt on roof. 9. Headers over doors and windows: 2-2" x 4" on edge up to a 4' span 2-2" x 6" on edge up to an 6' span 2-2" x 8" on edge up to a 8' span 2-2" x 10" on edge up to a 10' span 2-2" x 12" on edge up to a 12' span 10. Siding on garage walls /4" solid wood door into the house or approved metal 20 minute fire-rated door into the

4 house. 12. Firewall on the house side of the garage which consists of ½" gypsum board from concrete floor/masonry to roof sheathing. 13. Garages to be heated now or in the future should place a 6 mil vapor barrier under the slab.

5 HOUGHTON COUNTY BUILDING DEPARTMENT 401 E. HOUGHTON AVENUE HOUGHTON, MI Phone (906) Fax (906) DETACHED GARAGE SPECIFICATIONS 1 Row 6" or 8" FOUNDATION: Floating Slab Cement Block Pin (4' on center) Bolt 4" center 12" 12" Mesh 12" (2) #4 Rebar 12" NOTE: Design load/dimensions of thickened edge of slab will vary with size of structure and bearing capacity of soil. Floors shall be sloped to a floor drain or to the main vehicle entry door. Embedded in concrete or masonry at least 7", 2 bolts per plate length and 12" from each end of plate corners. Masonry (1 row or more) must be pinned to slab. Metal Roof? If you plan to heat the building, you need a moisture barrier. Also recommend 6 mil visqueen under slab if you plan to heat structure. FRAMING: 1. 2" x 6" sill plate with ½" bolts placed 6' on center starting 12" from the corners. 2. 2" x 4" wall studs placed a maximum 24" on center. 3. Corners must be braced with rated structural sheathing or cut-in wood or metal bracing. 4. Double 2" x 4" top plate. 5. Premanufactured state approved roof trusses placed 24" on center or rafters to meet span used placed 24" on center. Truss brackets (tie-down) required. Trusses must meet the state determined snow load factor for the area you are building in. (Map on Back) 6. ½" C.D.X. Plywood for roof sheathing with H clips or 7/16" Oxboard or Waferboard with grade stamp with H clips when on 24" centers. If trusses or rafters are 16" on center, no H clips are required. Bearing Walls 7. Headers over doors and windows: 2-2" x 4" on edge up to a 4' span 2-2" x 6" on edge up to an 6' span 2-2" x 8" on edge up to a 8' span 2-2" x 10" on edge up to a 10' span 2-2" x 12" on edge up to a 12' span 8. Siding on garage walls. REMINDERS: 1. Excavate all organics and undesirable expansive type soils. 2. Backfill with well draining fill and compact thoroughly in 6" lifts. 3. Elevate slab to achieve good surface and subsurface drainage.

6 ***SNOW LOAD MAP ON BACK***

7 HOUGHTON COUNTY BUILDING DEPARTMENT 401 E. HOUGHTON AVENUE HOUGHTON, MI Phone (906) Fax (906) ONE AND TWO FAMILY DWELLING CODE A. WALLS 1. Wood framing shall provide construction which will assure safe support of all design loads and provide a suitable base for the attachment of sheathing. 2. Vertical framing members shall be continuous lengths for each story height without splicing. Splices in horizontal members shall occur only over bearing points. 3. Load bearing lumber, plywood, and particle board shall be identified by a grade mark. 4. Headers and studs shall be number 2 or better or stud grade lumber or equivalent. Bearing studs not supporting floors may be number 3 utility grade or equivalent. Nonbearing studs may be of utility grade or equivalent. 5. All bearing studs in one and two story buildings shall be a minimum of 2" x 4" and 16" on center. Bearing studs in first story of a three story building shall be 2" x 6" and 16" on center or 2" x 4" and 12" on center. Studs may be 24" on center where they do not support floors and are adequately braced. 6. Let in bracing is optional when using approved sheathing. 7. Allowable spans for headers in bearing walls shall not exceed the following: NUMBER SIZE SINGLE STORY ONE STORY ABOVE 2 2" x 4" up to 4' " x 6" from 4' to 6' up to 4' 2 2" x 8" from 6' to 8' from 4' to 6' 2 2" x 10" from 8' to 10' from 6' to 8' 2 2" x 12" from 10' to12' from 8' to 10' 8. Fire-stopping shall be provided to cut off all concealed draft openings (vertical and horizontal) and form an effective fire barrier between stories and the roof space. 9. Openings shall be framed to provide a rigid enclosure for installation of doors and windows. Headers shall be supported by jam studs and be designed to support loads imposed. 10. Top plates for bearing walls and partitions shall consist of two 2" members which shall be lapped at corners and intersecting partitions. Top plates for nonbearing partitions may be single. When plate is parallel to ceiling framing, install cross blocking.

8 11. Corner post assemblies shall consist of three 2" x 4" x 6" or equivalent and be framed to receive interior and exterior sheathing. 12. Sheathing shall be utilized as recommended by manufacturer. Minimum thickness shall be 7/16". Other types as approved by the building inspector. 13. Fasteners for sheathing and spacing sheathing shall conform to manufacturer's specifications. B. FLOORS 1. All load bearing lumber, plywood, and particle board shall conform to applicable standards or grade and shall be identified by a grade mark or equivalent. 2. All joists and beams shall be of number 2 or better or standard grade lumber or equivalent. Blocking and sheathing may be of utility or number 4 grade or equivalent. 3. Joist span average: NUMBER SIZE 2 2" x 6" 16" on center 2 2" x 8" 16" on center 2 2" x 10" 16" on center 2 2" x 12" 16" on center 9' 4" 12' 3" 15' 8" 19' 1" 4. Girder Support: a. A 6" x 10" girder shall be supported at least every 11'0" on center. b. A 6" x 8" girder shall be supported at least every 9'0" on center. 5. Girders shall have a bearing at least 3" at support ends. 6. Under normal construction, cross bridging or solid block is not required. 7. Hole for piping and wiring shall not be bored within 2" of the edge of floor joists or other supports. 8. Ends of each joist shall have not less than 3" of bearing on wood or metal or solid masonry. 9. Use of plywood for floors shall conform to manufacturer's specifications. However, thickness shall not be less than ½" to be installed on joist 16" on center. Other types as approved by building inspector. 10. Particle board floor underlayment shall conform to type B-1 and shall not be less than 1/4" in thickness. 11. Nailing or stapling of plywood subfloor or underlayment shall conform to

9 ROOFS/CEILINGS 1. All rafters and ceiling joists shall be standard grade lumber or equivalent. 2. Rafters shall be framed directly opposite each other at ridge. There shall be a ridge board at least 2" nominal thickness and not less in depth than the cut end of the rafter. 3. Manufactured or homemade trusses are authorized providing engineering specifications are met. 4. Roof rafters and trusses shall support its own weight plus 60 pounds per square foot live load (snow, etc.). 5. The allowable spans and minimum grades of plywood roof sheathing shall conform to manufacturer's specifications. 6. Fastening of roof sheathing and specifications for sheathing shall conform to manufacturer's specifications. 7. Ventilation of attic space or rafter space shall be provided to meet minimum codes. 8. An attic access opening not less than 22" x 30" shall be provided to attic area have a clean height of over 30". 9. The unsupported spans of rafters and ceiling joists shall not exceed the values of allowable span tables. 10. Roof rafters shall be braced. At least 1" x 4: lumbers ties shall be nailed to the rafters 4' on center. Additional bracing, rafters to joists, as required.

10 HOUGHTON COUNTY BUILDING DEPARTMENT 401 E. HOUGHTON AVENUE HOUGHTON, MI Phone (906) Fax (906) TYPICAL EGRESS WINDOWS DOUBLE-HUNG WINDOW CASEMENT WINDOW NOTE: A Double-Hung window must be almost twice the size of a casement window to have an equal size opening. Notice that the casement window sash partially blocks the opening. Subtract that blocked space when figuring the clear opening size. 44" Maximum EMERGENCY ESCAPE: Every sleeping room shallhave at least one operable window or exterior door approved for emergency egress or rescue. The units shall be operable from the inside without the use of tools. Where windows are provided as a means or egress or rescue, the windows shall have the bottom of the clear opening not more than 44 inches above the floor. All egress or rescue windows from sleeping rooms shall have a minimum net clear opening of 5.7 square feet (A x B). The minimum net clear opening height dimension shall be 24". The minimum clear opening width dimension shall be 20". Floor EXAMPLES: If A is 24" then B must be a minimum of 34-1/4" to equal 5.7 square feet. If B is 20" then A must be a minimum of 41-1/4" to equal 5.7 square feet. EXCEPTIONS: 1. The minimum net clear opening for grade floor windows shall be 5 square feet.

11 2. An outside window or an exterior door for emergency escape is not required in buildings where the sleeping room is provided with a door to a corridor having access to two remote exits in opposite directions. HOUGHTON COUNTY BUILDING DEPARTMENT 401 E. HOUGHTON AVENUE HOUGHTON, MI Phone (906) Fax (906) STAIRWAYS 1. Must determine floor covering (final) elevation to achieve accurate stair riser uniformity. The code, for safety (liability) reasons, allows only 3/8 of an inch difference in any tread or riser in the whole run. The maximum height of a step is 8 1/4 inches, no more. The minimum depth is 9 inches. 2. Railing/guard height is 36 inches, no less. Spacing between guard spindles in no more than 4 inches. Open sides of steps need railing guard with a minimum height of 34 inches. 3. Handrails are required on one side of all stairs with three or more risers. Minimum height of 34 inches and a maximum height of 38 inches. 4. Minimum headroom for any stairwell is 6 feet, 8 inches. 5. Minimum width of any stairwell is 36 inches.

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