Help- Building Inspector problems.
We are remodeling a small house, built as a "workers cottage" in 1940 and then expanded upon. Its built with scavenged materials, but is well built and very sturdy. We bought it from the daughter of the original owner. It needed some electrical rewiring so we called in an electrician, and decided to start in the kitchen and laundry room. We removed the drywall to make it easier for the electricians, which revealed some rot. We needed to remove the wall and replaced it with a 6X10 beam. This will support an attic used only for storage. The building inspector stopped by unexpectedly and said we need to replace all the 2X6's because a few of them have been built with beams that contained knots and bark. We agreed to sister the beams that were themselves sistered smaller beams that didn't span the room ( they now do), but we disagree with him that they all need to be replaced. We only removed the drywall to aid the electricians anyway! How can we talk to this inspector and get respect? How can we better understand what the code actually is and what our rights are. There is no doubt that it is much stronger for the work we have done, how strong does it really need to be? There is no sign of bowing or wear. Sorry this is long. Any advice appreciated, especially from professionals.