Do you remember the old Jenga Game?

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Home Inspector with HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

Look at the picture below. What's wrong?

HINT: Do you remember the game Jenga?  A HABITEC Home Inspector recently came upon the the situation below.  What's wrong?

Jenga Pier Shims

ANSWER: Well, when you are down in the crawl space and no one is around to see what you do, or don't do, just grab anything that will fill the void, right?  Just like the old Jenga game, where the challenge was to stack loose wood as high as possible and hope the entire game did not collapse, at least not while you are down there.  Must have been what the guy who created this masterpiece was thinking.  This helped explain all the cracks in the drywall inside the home.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
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Richard, that's quite the "master piece" indeed. Makes you wonder!
Aug 20, 2012 11:23 AM #1
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
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Richard:  I guess I can understand if the builder had just piled 2x6's on top of one another until he had the home supported... but just merely jamming in scraps of wood makes no sense at all.  I would go crazy if I saw nonsense like this under my own home.

Aug 20, 2012 11:25 AM #2
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Robert Dirienzo
HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC - Franklin, TN
Home Inspections - Nashville TN

Hi Silvia, funny huh?  Unless you are the buyer!

 

Richard

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Aug 20, 2012 11:26 AM #3
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Robert Dirienzo
HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC - Franklin, TN
Home Inspections - Nashville TN

Hello Karen,

You are correct, dimensional lumber placed on its side and stacked until it fills the void will work and it is common.  If the dimensional lumber does not completely fill the void then metal shims usually are used to finish the job.

Richard

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Aug 20, 2012 11:30 AM #4
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Pat & Steve Pribisko
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West - Westlake, OH

Richard:

What a picture!  It makes one ask why someone would ever do something so stupid.  But, that's why we have great home inspectors.

 

 

Aug 20, 2012 11:40 AM #5
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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Richard, I just finished a fierce game of jenga with my eight year old son. FYI, he won this time. Your heading drew me to this post. That picture had me wanting to run away
Aug 20, 2012 11:48 AM #6
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Robin Rittiner
What is this....Homes by Milton Bradley Builders? Ouch!
Aug 20, 2012 12:38 PM #7
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Robert Dirienzo
HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC - Franklin, TN
Home Inspections - Nashville TN

Hello Pat, Steve, Chris and Robin,

Thanks for your comments.  The opening into this crawl space was extremely tight!  So I suppose the original builder thought no one would go back in there.  But!  The HABITEC Inspector was able to swim through and get inside anyway.  He said the farther he went, the more he was determined to get all the way into the crawl space.  He was "rewarded" with this picture and some more information that helped the Client immensely. 

Thank you,

Richard

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

Aug 20, 2012 09:49 PM #8
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