Somethings Gotta Give...

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Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc. TN# 050
nashville tn home inspections; nashville tn home inspectorsMost of you have heard the old adage that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Well how about building your house on the firm foundation of fundamental construction practices. Not as catchy and certainly won't wind up getting into the annals of "Quotable Quotes" but nevertheless, a statement well rooted in the basic fundamentals of acceptable construction practices...

Now I'm sure we have heard of the adage, "Weights break down wagons." Well, even though this is not a wagon, the same principle applies, "Weights breaks down small wooden shims." Once again not a Quotable Quote but then, I am not the Quote-meister, just the guy that keeps you from purchasing a 'Peck of Pickled Problems'...

Nashville TN home inspections, complete home inspections inc brentwood tnAnyway, while inspecting a new construction property in the Nashville, TN area yesterday, I was wondering why there was such a large crack in the load bearing wall. The obligatory crawl revealed the answer to my 'Inquiring' mind. When small, improperly placed wood shims are the only thing that is holding up your house, somethings gotta give. Makes me wonder if "A shim in time will save Nine." Well, as I said, somethings gotta give, maybe its these adages... Whadda ya think?


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Susie Blackmon
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A what in time?? (Just kidding...) It's icey outside here this morning, but I loved the snow that fell all day yesterday.

Apr 08, 2009 06:10 AM #1
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Anne Hensel
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The wall does not look too load bearing to me. Unbelievable.

Apr 08, 2009 07:02 AM #2
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Sally Dunbar
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I had an inspection last year where there was a crack in the wall.  Below, the foundation was being eaten away by wood boring beetles!  WHODATHUNKIT!

Always get an inspection....

Apr 08, 2009 08:28 AM #3
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Dan Callahan
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And this was new construction that had passed all the permit inspections? Amazing!!!

Apr 08, 2009 08:35 AM #4
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That is terrible.  Is the recommendation to jack it up a little and put something proper in there?

Apr 08, 2009 09:24 AM #5
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