A Header Here Would Surely Transfer A Load, Straight Down!

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

A header here would surely transfer a load, straight down!

Headers over windows and doors transfer loads to each side and not into the opening.
Headers (same word, different use!) off certain platforms should only be made when one can safely land, like into water!

When I went out onto this porch it reminded me of the beach.

As a child we would rent a house on the Chesapeake Bay.

We called it "the beach" because sand had been trucked into an alcove, which was netted off against crabs and sea nettles for swimming.

We rented the same house every year!

The porch looked just like this!

My mother would say the same thing as soon as we arrived, "You and your brother stay away from the screen on the porch!"

She didn't want us playing and taking a header through the screen, off the porch, and into the yard.

I could almost hear her voice here!

On the right the drop is only about 3'.  On the left, though, it's over 8'!

Screens do not handle much weight.

This porch has been like this for a long time!

Can you see that lonely receptacle midway on the long wall?

At least it's safely installed, covered properly, grounded and protected by a GFI.

Okay, maybe none of that is true. 

In fact it had fried a long, long time ago.  And it should have!  It's an old metal box, likely from the 60s, and really very dangerous!

Nothing about this receptacle is safe or correctly done.

And there is not much safety anywhere on this porch.

I was told the previous homeowners were elderly and likely didn't get too near to the screen.  Still, it would be easy to lose one's balance or trip nearby and fall right through that screen!

The buyers have small children, so this porch will have to be made safe with proper guardrails and a receptacle. 

There is an old ceiling fan (the edge of one paddle is visible) which rusted out long ago and is unusable.  That might need some attention too!

My recommendation:  serious attention should always be paid to unsafe living conditions.  And in every way.  What one homeowner might have been used to, even for decades, is still unsafe.  Buyers need to pay attention to the safety of every aspect of a house, inside and out.

 

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Rainmaker
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Chris Smith
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Jay, we, many of us, are guilty of neglecting many "small" issues, and after a while we are oblivious to them, and the inherent dangers. 

A home inspection might be a wise move for a homeowner who has lived in a home for a long period of time, regardless of whether they intend to sell or not.

September 14, 2012 11:59 AM
Rainer
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Steven Cook
- Pierce, King, Kitsap, Thurston, Mason Counties

Jay -- when you wrote header, I was sure you were going to be dealing with the header beams on the porch.  I just noticed the Propane tanks are right next to the deck/porch.  Is that their best placement?

September 14, 2012 12:58 PM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Thanks James.  I picked up something nasty in a disaster of a house a few days ago, so after my morning inspection I have been taking it easy.

I have said that for a while Chris.  That's a market I have never been able to crack.

Steven - they have to be somewhere near to the house.  The go from there into the crawl space and the tube goes up to service the kitchen and furnace.

September 14, 2012 03:14 PM
Rainmaker
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James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

It's always important to know ones client, children, no children, older, younger. It helps us point out the safety concerns. 

September 15, 2012 04:42 AM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

This is a safety concern for most anybody, as you know Jim.  But especially children.  My brother and I were monkeys and we bounced all over the place.  My mother had to always be concerned!

September 15, 2012 04:45 AM
Rainmaker
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