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Joined: 02/12/2020 08:32 PM EST
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My family and I are building a two story home with a national builder- hasn’t been a fun process.

Can anybody shed some light on some of the attach photos- curious if I’m overreacting to some of the wood blemishes.

Does this beam look to have a crack in it?

Width of stud is about half due to quality of this particular stud- on an exterior wall in bathroom- should I be concerned?
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Mike Casey

Joined: 06/28/2014 07:21 PM EDT
Messages: 1245
Location: San Diego CA

The engineered beam (looks like a Timberlam or Microlam) surface defect is normal, looks like stitching. The stud is a low grade material and missing some width as it looks like it was milled from the edge of the log. Just one is probably not a big deal, and there is a competent stud nearby, once again not a big deal, however, most of us would not have used that stud for framing a bearing wall.
Thank you.

Mike Casey
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