What I'm Seeing Now


I May Have Found The Stairway To Heaven

While going down a very bouncy staircase to the basement, I thought that I may have found the stairway to heaven.

When a staircase is that Bouncy, with a capital "B," hitting it with enough energy or weight it might just become somebody's stairway to heaven!

Viewing the underside from the closet below I could see why.

Apparently somebody, probably Uncle Bob (he gets around), decided to shore up a squeaky staircase by removing the factory-installed shims, which are nailed and glued, and added his own very special supports.

This material looks like it was retrieved from the scrap bin at the local hardware store, and very professionally cut to fit. 

Each was carefully installed in place, and secured perfectly.

In case from the photos above you cannot see just how professionally-cut and perfectly secured, here is a closer look.

It was truly impressive!  And not in a good way.

It reminded me of a song!  One "Stairway To Heaven" song...

" And it's whispered that soon if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter. "

Makes you want to bound up and down those stairs just to get the feel for just how bouncy they were doesn't it!

For this carpenter, another line from the song comes to mind -

" Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on.
And it makes me wonder. "

I can tell you, when stuff like this is visible on a home inspection, it "makes me wonder" what is going on that is NOT visible!

I think this carpenter needs to change the road he's on!

My recommendation:  on this newly-renovated home, not all that glittered was gold.  You really do have to check things out carefully.  Sometimes all it takes is a little bouncybouncy here and a little there, but be careful - you don't want to find your personal stairway to heaven!  And hire a home inspector!



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560


Comment balloon 28 commentsJay Markanich • March 18 2012 02:48AM
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