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Dorz55

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Hi all,

I’m in a process of buying a house built in 2008 and I can see the neighbours have similar construction

The inspector raise this as a question mark because he is not specialised with foundation

is there a hidden beam, steel or anything to support the joists above?

thanks in advance

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Welcome.
The taping indicates a typical support framing, in some of the photos, however, it's been my experience with inspection firms, that obvious evidence of a question, is duly noted, and then addressed by the owner, by example. Which in this case would be simply by removing the insulation, at some point obviating the existence of the support mechanism.
 

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I’ll remove the insulation and check.
Is there a picture or example of what I’m looking for?

I wish I could find a structural engineer available to assess
 

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I am not familiar with that type of construction but I would expect to find some sort of a rim joist and see how the joists are attached to it, maybe joist hangers. Also if you could get some pics of what you find. I suspect your area has some pretty strong building codes so it's probably OK.
 

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The window top piece must somehow be protected from the considerable downward force. Otherwise the top piece would be bowed & the glass would crack.

I guess inspectors are not required to infer things.

Run a straightedge or a taut piece of dental floss along the window top & look for waviness or bowing. I doubt you'll find even a millimeter of gap.
 

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Along with a photo with the insulation pulled back a photo from outside may help us figure it out.
 

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I am not familiar with that type of construction but I would expect to find some sort of a rim joist and see how the joists are attached to it, maybe joist hangers.
I think you hit on it. The joists over the window are supported by the hangers.
 

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I’m in a process of buying a house built in 2008 and I can see the neighbours have similar construction

The inspector raise this as a question mark because he is not specialised with foundation
Why wouldn't your inspector just pull back a corner of the insulation and check for the joist hanger? Just a little corner could have verified it.

The taping indicates a typical support framing, in some of the photos, however, it's been my experience with inspection firms, that obvious evidence of a question, is duly noted, and then addressed by the owner, by example. Which in this case would be simply by removing the insulation, at some point obviating the existence of the support mechanism.
I think Snoonyb is saying the same thing but with many more words!
 

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Most of the inspection firms, which I've dealt with, are a look but don't touch system, because of the potential for liability.

However, as I've been the owners rep. for the purpose of inspections, I tell the inspector that my presence is for the purpose of facilitating any access they need to obscured or hidden portions of the dwelling and it's associated equipment, they than have me sign a waiver of liability, excluding them.

I suspected a support member existed.

I've also asked or researched myself, the existence of the original, permitted, bldg. plans, which are, generally, archived in the municipalities records.
 

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I've also asked or researched myself, the existence of the original, permitted, bldg. plans, which are, generally, archived in the municipalities records.
I was going to suggest a visit to (as it's called in my area) the office of inspections. There should be someone available that could easily advise you just based upon the photos (unless they have a KGB attitude in Jersey).
 

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Thanks everyone!
My inspector will search the archive.
I appreciate your help.
 
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