Get with it as they are the law
By Carol Hartzog, Carol Hartzog Communications
This illustrates the proper use of a rafter tie to secure the rafter to the walls, which are anchored into the slab.
Curtis McCarty, our rep to the statewide Uniform Building Code Commission, is showing the old “cut nail” (at left) that used to hold the sole plates down. These can no longer be used for interior walls. Now builders must use “shot pins” (at right) or powder-actuated fasteners.
Photos by Mike Means
This illustrates the Screw Anchor bolt which is a secure way of anchoring the sole plate to the slab. Also pictured are two variations of the powder-actuated fasteners.

On Nov. 1, the newest modifications to the statewide uniform building codes went into effect. Most of the code changes deal with life-safety issues, and some are adjusted due to new and better products.

Fellow home builder Curtis McCarty who owns CA McCarty Construction in Norman serves as the governor-appointee to Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission and here are his thoughts on the top six changes, not in any particular order.

For an easy overview of all the changes, his recent PowerPoint presentation is on the OSHBA website. It includes great photos and graphics and is very easy to understand. Its over 100 slides, but well worth the look.

For a more in-depth look, you can view a free copy of the changes at view the Oklahoma changes, go to

CO Detectors

Carbon monoxide alarms are now required to be hard wired and interconnected on new homes. Previously one could have simply installed a battery operated alarm outside the sleeping rooms. Combination Smoke/CO detectors are allowed in these locations

if they are properly listed. They also have to be outside all sleeping areas. If you have a split-bedroom plan, the alarm has to be outside each sleeping room. If two bedrooms in a central hallway, then just one is needed.