I have a question abou Collar Braces. Here in southern Louisiana every parish (same thing as a county) uses a differant building code. We are currently building a house in an area which uses Southern Standard. We have talked with several framers in the area and found that the local inspector has a fetish about the collar braces. We have always put the collars toward the top (upper 1/3) without a problem. It appears from talking to the other framers that this inspector wants the collars exactly 1/3 down from the top. One framer said that he was required to install 22' long collar braces, and then had to "brace" the braces. My question is what does the Southern Standard actually say about the collars? Do they go in the upper 1/3, or exactly 1/3 down from the top? Also, is the 1/3 measured to the lowest purlin or to the plate? Thanks.