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nealtw 03-24-2014 11:29 PM

When you think you have seen everything
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Then you come across something like this

oldognewtrick 03-25-2014 03:28 AM

Hows that working out?

inspectorD 03-25-2014 04:54 AM

You should go on a home inspection sometime.... :rofl:

bud16415 03-25-2014 06:16 AM

Let me guess. They want you to extend the deck out a few more feet.

nealtw 03-25-2014 07:22 AM

They have used it like that for 30 years.:hide:

bud16415 03-25-2014 08:44 AM

Every few summers the news here reports on a porch or deck coming loose sometimes they are close to 100 years in service. Almost always it’s when someone has a party and they get 10 or 15 people out on it. When I was young I rented an old house second floor apartment and the front porch was pulled away an inch from the house. I told the landlord about it and he said nothing wrong with it. I locked the door and never used it. I have no idea if it was ever fixed but when I drive by the porch is still there with people sitting on it.

Yours looks like it was designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright Wanabe.

nealtw 03-25-2014 05:05 PM

I haven't gone to look yet, but someone wanted there deck to be 1 ft longer and wider. If it's solid enough we will just knock off the junk and put up new stairs and railing, a foot smaller.

CallMeVilla 03-25-2014 05:56 PM

OMG ... Neal should run a contest to see who can count the number of obvious code violations in this mess!

Is there ANY metal in the structure other than nails and a few lag bolts?
Joist hangers?
Stringer hangers?
What keeps the stringers attached at the top?

Looking for common mistakes ...

nealtw 03-25-2014 06:15 PM

If you loaded that up with hangers and straps, it would failed do to all the extra weight. The cantilever was likely at it's max before they added to it.

BridgeMan 04-27-2014 09:47 PM

With workmanship (or lack thereof) like that, it's no wonder Mike Holmes is a multi-millionaire.

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