I See The Hanging Light, But What About All That Rotted Wood?

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I See The Hanging Light, But What About All That Rotted Wood?

 

Rotted wood can be dangerous in Sacramento, CA

 

Proper lighting around the exterior of an apartment or home is very important. I got a call to take a look at the lighting near the garbage dumpster of an apartment community; the light was falling off.

In looking at an exterior light that was coming down near a garbage dumpster, I couldn’t help but notice that the wood was severely rotted. The rot had been going on for quite some time with no repairs made to correct the problem.

Sure I could probably get the light to function correctly but the dry rotted wood should also be addressed. Clearly there have been at least two large pieces that have come down with a few more that were unsafe. I think it may be a good idea to either fix the wood members by replacing them, or remove the structure completely before someone gets hurt.

 

Either way, an experienced general contractor may be the best decision to call for advice in your area.

 


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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

You may be right Brian, that does seem to be the center of things here.

Nov 02, 2013 08:36 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

You are right Kathleen, but I think that many look at the short-term returns. This short-sightedness can lead to greater problems down the road.

Nov 02, 2013 08:36 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

That snowball is getting pretty big Charles!  :)

Nov 02, 2013 08:40 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

It probably should be taken down completely and started over Nancy.

Nov 02, 2013 08:40 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Maybe those that are making the decisions aren't around long enough to see the result of there decisions Mike.

Nov 02, 2013 08:41 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Not pretty, but very real. Steps can be taken to help reduce the mess Michelle

Nov 02, 2013 08:41 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

I know a few electricians who may have just drove in some longer screws to grab some solid wood and called it good Mike. I'm not that guy!  :)

Nov 02, 2013 08:42 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Me too Jared, but I see it all the time.

Nov 02, 2013 08:42 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

 

I like fixing things so that it is done right, I'm not a big fan of using my "dime" Ed.  :)

Nov 02, 2013 08:43 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

This is getting very close to that point Debbie. Maybe then the problem will be addressed. :)

Nov 02, 2013 08:43 AM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Tom - this one is pretty bad... even I could have figured out that the rotted wood was the root cause.  Deferred maintenance/care will always get you in the end.

Nov 02, 2013 08:50 AM
Kelly Young
The Platinum Group Realtors - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Real Estate ~ 719-226-0126

Tom, to me the sign of a great (vs good) contractor is one who will look beyond the "problem called about" to let us know of the real problem. In some cases this is good to know but does not have to be remedied.  In others, like this, it is important to get the rotten wood out before the light goes back up.

Nov 02, 2013 11:29 AM
Barbara Altieri
Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Tom -- The longer you wait, the worse it gets. Just ignoring a situation like this will only result in more expense and possibly someone getting hurt.

Nov 02, 2013 12:14 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Tom -- it seems that rot only gets worse over time.  It looks like it would be the best solution to repair the rotted wood and reinstall the light.

Nov 02, 2013 12:16 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Neglect is always the enemy AJ.

Nov 02, 2013 12:47 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

I think we all need to be aware of the best answer for the client Kelly; sometimes that means looking at the bigger picture.

 

Nov 02, 2013 12:48 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

It won't get any cheaper and someone may get hurt; something needs to be done Barbara.

Nov 02, 2013 12:48 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

You should be a contractor Joan!  

It doesn't take too much knowledge to qualify! :)

Nov 02, 2013 12:48 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Funny one Tom, worried about poor lighting, but not falling timbers.

Nov 02, 2013 04:39 PM
Jimmy Faulkner
Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage - Wantagh, NY
The Best Of St. Augustine
Tear it down immediately. Rotted wood is never a place to rehab any structure. This is what happens with neglect of property.Any structure needs care and maintenance and this structure obviously got neitheer.
Nov 04, 2013 12:11 PM