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It's Not A Bird, It's Not A Plane, It's ... Hammerman!

Well, I often have houses with lots of problems.  This particular house had many, many issues.  The report was very long.  But there were two things that stood out.

In 2004 someone decided to put in a new oil-burning heating system.  They selected a nice new system, very efficient.  Very nice!

They also selected a big tank.

No running out of oil just when you don't want to run out of oil!

And this tank was big, and a beaut!

Unfortunately, the only place they could put it was between the rear screened porch and the rear stairs.  No where else would work.

And it didn't fit.

So the HVAC installer made it fit.

He hammered the rear stairs.

 

While I thought it unusual, I didn't think it was a pattern.

Until I got inside!

When I saw this I knew it was a pattern!  The unit was fitted into the only place in the small basement room that it really could be.

Big problem.  Where would it vent?

There was an interior corner of the foundation wall right in the way. 

So, true to form, out came the hammer!

The corner was removed!  See the fill dirt behind the vent?  I laughed out loud!

And the beam on the right resting on what is remaining of the foundation wall?  Well, that wasn't so funny.

That is a major support beam!

Time for the engineer to stop by!

My client asked me what we were dealing with here.

I said, "I think this is the work of ... Hammerman!"

 

 

 

 

 

IF THE TANK DOESN'T FIT AND THE VENT CAN'T RISE, HAVE NO FEAR!  HAMMERMAN IS HERE!

Hammerman will make it work!  Never mind the foundation.  Never mind where the vent runs through the house.  We will make it work! 

This guy was good...

 

 

 

My recommendation:  Don't forget to call a home inspector!

This house had lots of interesting problems, some as interesting

as the one above.  It was a big WOW!         Good thing they called this guy:

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 11 commentsJay Markanich • April 26 2010 06:55PM

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Hi Jay,

We do see it all don't we! No question this is one for the books!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) over 8 years ago

Thank goodness for Super Heroes!  Thanks for stopping by Dorie!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

We don't even have those things here in Texas.  Looks like something major.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) over 8 years ago

Paula - any time you knock away a foundation wall next to a major support beam, you have something major!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay, That's one for the books and if a picture's worth a thousand words, this one screams loud and clear "ALWAYS HAVE YOUR HOME INSPECTED" :) jay

Posted by Jay Lloyd, Allpro Home Inspection (Cape Coral Florida) over 8 years ago

Jay, it has always been true that if something does not fit you just haven't found a big enough hammer yet

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

Some people wake up to that, Jay, and some people don't!

Charlie - isn't that why they call a sledge hammer "the persuader?"

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

"Hammerman"...I think I saw a few here in Edison, New Jersey as well....:). On my way to re-blog.

Posted by Catherine "Cathy" Chaudemanche- Edison, NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven (Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ) over 8 years ago

That is so WRONG!  I've seen the work of Hammerman and Sawman, and had to fix it a lot!

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, President, Wrenn Home Improvements (Wrenn Home Improvements) about 8 years ago

Cathy - you clicked on the other post!  This was a very fun post a while ago, but this guy really made a mess of this house.  I had to laugh, so I invented a character!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Jeremy - you clicked too!  There are a lot of damaging "men" out there, unfortunately.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

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