Structural Configuration and Floor Slopes

Structural Configuration and Floor Slopes

Doing inspections for the last 30 years, with most of my work on wood framed residential structures, I commonly find floor slopes at the second floor of a structure which indicate some sagging of the structure has occurred.  Often such sagging results in floor slopes...

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Expose Nails-New Construction

Expose Nails-New Construction

Expose nails and nail holes through the roof are common occurrences in new construction. Can you see the nail in the picture? Often these nails are not visible except when walking the roof.  If the roof is safe to access and conditions are safe Professional...

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Beat The HEAT

Beat The HEAT

If you live in Texas and you have been here the last few days you know they have been HOT!  Texas heat can be dangerous and in construction consulting and on daily inspections we work in the weather rain or shine hot or not so we have to be careful not to become...

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Voids At Your Foundation?

Voids At Your Foundation?

If your foundation has been repaired and you have voids like the one shown in the picture along the edge of the foundation you need to regrade soil as soon as possible.  These voids can occur within 1 to 2 years after a foundation has been repaired as a result of...

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Do You Need a Permit For That?

Do You Need a Permit For That?

Do You Need a Permit? If you have to ask whether you need a permit the answer is probably a resounding YES!  We get this question quite often in residential construction.  As part of my job I routinely find major and minor damage during course of a residential...

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Low Flush Toilet Fail

While inspecting a house I ran across several toilets in the house that cleared the bowl 3 to 4 times when flushed.  This was an odd occurrence that caught my attention.  When I noticed this at the first toilet I had concern that perhaps the toilet drain was not...

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