I do some googling, talk to the guys at 84 Lumber, and submit my paperwork planning to use Simpson UFPs in place of the anchor bolts. http://www.strongtie.com/products/connectors/UFP.asp A few days later I get a call that my application is rejected because the Simpson UFP is only rated for installation in a concrete foundation not in concrete block even if the top course is grout- filled (which is what I have). I tell the inspector that the joists are only 2x8s so by the time I get right-angle drill in there I'll have no room for a drill bit. He says all I can tell you is the code requires '7" imbedment of 1/2" bolts within 12" of the end of a board and spaced no more than every 6 feet'.
I ask him what have other people used in the past and he tells me he is not allowed to recommend products and I should call around to different manufacturers. Fair enough, I call Simpson, KC Metal Products, USP Connectors and Red Head; none of them could reccomend a product to me other than 1/2 bolts that can be screwed in to the depth required. Does me no good I can't drill a hole that deep and even if I could I couldn't get the bolt in. ~7 1/2"vertical clearance - 1 1/2" for the sill means the most I could go is 6" deep.
I call the DCA in NJ (dept. in charge of code compliance) and talk to the head engineer. He starts telling me about the 7" imbedment of 1/2' bolts etc. I ask him for some guidance and he tells me it is incumbent on me to submit a plan that meets or exceeds the anchor bolt specs. Of course my question is "What are the specs for the anchor bolts"? He starts again with the 7" imbedment, I interupt and ask him what the pullout rating and the shear strength of those 7" bolts is. He tells me he doesn't have that information. WTF! How am I supposed to find a product that meets or exceeds the specs when he can't tell me the specs?
NJ didn't write their building code, they just adopted the ICC and made a few modifications so I call the ICC. I get the same speech about the code requires 7" bolts... Again, he can't give the specs for anchor bolts just that they need to be 1/2" bolts imbedded 7".
I can't be the only idiot that has had termite damage to a house with 2x8 floor joists but I may be the only idiot that tried to get a permit to fix the damage.
How would I go about finding an architect or engineer to certify that a technique or product is equivelant to 7" imbedded 1/2" bolts?
Is this the kind of things architects or engineers are inclined to do?
Is it standard practice for a building inspector to accept anything from an architect or is there a formal review process?
Obivously I've had no experience with architects or engineers so I don't know where to begin.