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Old 03-18-2015, 05:25 PM   #2401
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Today doing a home inspection in Baltimore County. I feel bad for the the poor guy trying to buy a home. Its been a year long process finding good realtors and half decent home to buy for his family. After an hour of walking threw doing my normal process, everything looking good (newer heat pump,Hot water heater,Appliances). We get into the attic:





You can see they removed various webs in the truss's. Even cut the bottom cord to put the attic steps in. A townhome, they must of wanted just a little bit more storage.
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Old 03-18-2015, 05:27 PM   #2402
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Today doing a home inspection in Baltimore County. I feel bad for the the poor guy trying to buy a home. Its been a year long process finding good realtors and half decent home to buy for his family. After an hour of walking threw doing my normal process, everything looking good (newer heat pump,Hot water heater,Appliances). We get into the attic:











You can see they removed various webs in the truss's. Even cut the bottom cord to put the attic steps in. A townhome, they must of wanted just a little bit more storage.

Wow I can't believe anyone would think that was a good idea
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:55 PM   #2404
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Does your area get snow? I wonder how that roof would hold up with those hackifacations.
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Would be a little work, but it is fixable. Crazy that they did that , some HO's should not be allowed to touch their house.
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Around here all truss repairs need to be drawn and stamped by engineer, and run through bldg dept.. Any repairs, scabs, gussets, or web replacement, no matter how stout, or obviously stronger than the originals. Full replacement is fine, as AHJ just accepts mfgrs sheet. I'd imagine Baltimore is not a "Ah sure. Yeah, looks fine now. Approved." kind of bureaucracy either.

I did a week long back country river trip in Arizona in January. Nice little intimate run with some good whitewater and desert wildlife. Mid way through there's a hot springs with a bunch of hippie artwork and writings. Kind of a cool place. I remembered this wall scribbled quote from doing the river 10 years ago. I liked it, and have quoted it several times since. So I searched and found it on the walls again this year as I soaked riverside on a fine January morning. Seems to apply perfectly to this truss hackery....

"-People are stupid.
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-Never underestimate the stupidity of people."
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Mmmm...bondo!
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Did that even hold water?!
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Cavity was filled with a porous foam. Now, THAT held some water ha.

good ole structure foam....

Our fix: clean out ALL old foam throughout, rebrace with 2 x 4 on end (3 running full length with shims), fill void with foam (between bracing), patch with fiberglass, cover with a liner, and resurface the tub. 3 days work. But that tub will be stiff and look like new.

Now, you ask, why not replace the tub? Because the toilet & vanity would have to removed/installed to make room. Which would make it cost prohibitive.

This is a $1000 job.
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Cavity was filled with a porous foam. Now, THAT held some water ha.

good ole structure foam....

Our fix: clean out ALL old foam throughout, rebrace with 2 x 4 on end (3 running full length with shims), fill void with foam (between bracing), patch with fiberglass, cover with a liner, and resurface the tub. 3 days work. But that tub will be stiff and look like new.

Now, you ask, why not replace the tub? Because the toilet & vanity would have to removed/installed to make room. Which would make it cost prohibitive.

This is a $1000 job.

You've definitely found a niche!
Never even heard of such a thing done!
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Cavity was filled with a porous foam. Now, THAT held some water ha.

good ole structure foam....

Our fix: clean out ALL old foam throughout, rebrace with 2 x 4 on end (3 running full length with shims), fill void with foam (between bracing), patch with fiberglass, cover with a liner, and resurface the tub. 3 days work. But that tub will be stiff and look like new.

Now, you ask, why not replace the tub? Because the toilet & vanity would have to removed/installed to make room. Which would make it cost prohibitive.

This is a $1000 job.

Obviously practice makes perfect, but how hard is it to patch fibreglass tubs? It would be a handy trick to know if one was to ever accidentally damage it on a job.
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How much is a new tub?
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Obviously practice makes perfect, but how hard is it to patch fibreglass tubs? It would be a handy trick to know if one was to ever accidentally damage it on a job.
We patch with a fiber cloth and resin, cured overnight. Then topped with automotive icing.

Clean up your hole like you would in drywall so it won't spread. Here's a picture I snapped of my guy doing it.

If it's just a ding and no penetration, just use automotive icing. Faster drying and easier to work than plain bondo.
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How much is a new tub?
$2500 installed bare bones.
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some HO's should not be allowed to touch their house.
Sometimes, "The more work you do, the less money you'll get....if you'll even be able to sell it".
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Does your area get snow? I wonder how that roof would hold up with those hackifacations.
We get a few snow storms every winter. The house was built 1977. Townhome. Not sure when the truss's where cut.

This year we had about a total of 12" of snow on the ground at one time. The roof was clear of snow, No deflection at all on the outside surprisingly.
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Just your typical bump out in my area The Wall of SHAME!-imageuploadedbycontractortalk1427138374.980755.jpg

local zoning allows you to build on 90% of property

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A Showhome that I'm demoing. Only been up three years
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Tiles came up easy
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A Showhome that I'm demoing. Only been up three years
What happened there...?
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Was the wall leaking or poor vapour barrier job ?

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