Be­fore the frame is raised

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QWhat are the most im­por­tant things that my builder or con­trac­tor needs to ac­com­plish be­fore the tim­ber com­pany can raise the frame?

AWHEN MOST COM­PA­NIES sup­ply con­struc­tion draw­ings, all the ap­pro­pri­ate per­mits have been ob­tained. This type of ser­vice varies from com­pany to com­pany, so be sure to check with yours to man­age your ex­pec­ta­tions.

An­other con­cern your con­trac­tor needs to deal with is site ac­ces­si­bil­ity. Make sure a 55-foot flatbed trailer can ac­cess a level and clear drop site next to the foun­da­tion. Re­mem­ber that a rig of this size needs a min­i­mum turn­ing ra­dius of 45 de­grees. If ei­ther of these con­di­tions can’t be met, make sure an al­ter­nate drop-off site is nearby.

Other im­por­tant el­e­ments on your con­trac­tor’s check­list are the foun­da­tion and first-floor sys­tem. Try to have the foun­da­tion in­stalled, per the pro­vided plans, at least two weeks be­fore the planned de­liv­ery. The base­ment’s sup­port posts also need to be in place. Of course, all the work that will oc­cur will re­quire power, so make sure per­ma­nent or tem­po­rary power is lo­cated close to the foun­da­tion. If a gas gen­er­a­tor is supplied, it should be ca­pa­ble of at least 5,500 watts.

Also think about plac­ing a 30-yard dump­ster close to your site for daily cleanup, which pro­vides a safe build­ing en­vi­ron­ment and a tidy work site.

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