House Was Going to Collapse True
Story by Aaron Hahn
was in the middle of framing a new house and got a call on my cell phone.....
you guys do basements?"
I replied, "we specialize in basements."
do you tell if a wall in the basement is load
bearing?" the voice asked.
there are signs," I said and explained it to him.
you come and have a look at my basement right away?"
few hours later, I inspected a large newly finished recreation room in his
basement. The walls were already dry-walled in, so I drilled a small
hole through the drywall and stuck in my snake video inspection
tool. Sure enough, the owner and his handyman friend had removed a load
bearing wall. The floors above were 'bouncy' and the house actually
groaned and creaked when people walked on the floor above! You
could even see where the house was sagging in the middle.
house is going to collapse," I
told him. The floor joists had very little overlap and as far as I
could tell the main thing keeping the house up was the
plywood flooring nailed to the joists.
next day, we built a temporary load-bearing wall and custom ordered the
proper engineered composite beam to span the length of the rec-room.
A few days later, we jacked up the sagged house and installed the
bill was less than $2,000 and saved the homeowner from a huge loss that
probably would not have been covered by insurance. Also, while we
were there, we noticed a fire hazard; three dangerous and illegal
electrical connections. We saved the house from collapsing and a
possible future fire. It's lucky that he called me when he did and
that no one got hurt.
think they can save money doing some things themselves, but if you do it
yourself it is very
important to know what you are doing and to ensure all construction is done according to code.
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