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Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc. TN Lic#050

I really do my best to keep up on the latest and greatest technology especially when it comes to new construction. The other day while doing a framing inspection at a new subdivision that they are building in the Brentwood, TN area, I came across the latest and greatest in window technology. The new load bearing windows designed and developed by BULLSHOT Window Company (don't forget to dot the "I". These new windows eliminate the need of headers and jack studs, thereby saving the builder labor and material costs. Yeah Buddy!



These new load bearing windows are the cats meow!

They must have a great salesperson because I am seeing them more and more! Once the drywall goes on this failure is hidden until your windows crack!

P-s-s-st! Don't tell anyone but this passed the "C" word department. Is there any debate as to the reason that houses need to have an independent inspector a look at them while still in the framing stage? What do you think?

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Melody Botting
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I have never seen anything like this before.  I am shocked!  Thank you for bringing it to my attention.
Apr 30, 2008 11:08 PM #1
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Nannette Turner
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Great Mike!  I wonder if the contractor does not know what he is doing or if he did this on purpose?  Installing these looks like a nightmare ready to happen!
Apr 30, 2008 11:10 PM #2
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Susie Blackmon
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Great photos -- .  All news to me for sure.  Thank you..

Apr 30, 2008 11:15 PM #3
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
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Wow, I think the building inspector AND the builder should be tied up in this house until it comes crashing in on them.

Apr 30, 2008 11:40 PM #4
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Betty Knowles
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I think this should be pointed out to the inspector and the permit pulled until its corrected!
Apr 30, 2008 11:50 PM #5
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Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN
Michael - I'm going to pass this to my builder, he will really get a good laugh out of it. PS - like the new look.
May 01, 2008 12:17 AM #6
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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Michael,

I don't know the laws in TN, but here in CT the builders and contractors DO NOT have to be licensed. What does this mean? Absolutely no training, testing or other competancy requirements for those individuals who build and work on homes. Does that scare you? It does me, but it seems the people who are buying these homes here aren't worried. They believe the ol' building inspector will make sure everythings all right. As you have shown all so well here that is certainly not the case either.

I just inspected a brand new finished home that had several defects the local building "official" should have caught. The client brought the inspector to the home to point these defects out to him. The guy was unaware of some of the issues brought out from my inspection. So who do you trust? The builder? The local building official who goes bowling with the builder every Friday or an indepenant inspector hire by you to watch your project.

You would think it's a no brainer, but we know different.

May 01, 2008 12:25 AM #7
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Gary McAdams
GMAC Schwartz Property Sales - Key West, FL
That is amazing.  The sad part is exactly what you pointed out.  Put the dry wall on, throw in some paint and nobody will know the difference.
May 01, 2008 12:49 AM #8
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Charles McDonald
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I really hate when a doorway falls in on me! lol

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May 01, 2008 01:48 AM #9
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Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Morning Michael,

Would this be considered cost effective workmanship on the part of the builder? Surly not a benefit to the buyer!

 

May 01, 2008 02:44 AM #10
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Charles Buell
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Michael, that is too funny---what could they have been thimking of?  Looks like back to carpenter school 101 for somebody!
May 01, 2008 02:48 AM #11
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Jesse & Kathy Clifton
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Here "builders" include licensed general contractors and Homer Homeowner who likes to think of himself as a builder.  Unless you're building in the city limits (which is a relatively small area) no license is required and no inspections are required.  That leaves us with some extremely interesting construction.  I always have PUR's (inspections) performed because once the walls are closed in folks have no way to know what they're really getting.  Building inspections (footings, foundation, framing, plumbing, mechanical, etc.) all the way up to the final are the only way a buyer will ever have any confidence the house they're buying was built correctly. $2,000+/- is an inexpensive way to offer some assurance... in my opinion anyway.

May 01, 2008 05:20 AM #12
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Sean Allen
International Financing Solutions - Fort Myers, FL
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I would not have known any better if you had not pointed the issues out. In a few years, these windows will be a pain to open I bet.

Sean Allen

May 01, 2008 07:12 AM #13
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