Some accidents aren't accidents at all. That's because some things don't happen accidentally. They lie in wait.
This is a homeowner-installed retaining wall, 4' high, behind a townhouse.
The wall itself is poorly constructed, bulging, coming loose and generally unsafe.
So why not put a rickety staircase against it! Homeowner built!
This is a two-foot wide stair with five treads. Each tread is attached to the "stringer" with two nails. Each "stringer" is attached to the wall with a single nail!
You can see the one nail just above the knot.
The stair is poorly positioned against the wall. It is not level. There is no handrail or guardrail on either side. And this stair is the only way to get to the back gate.
When people see things like this they often ask me if it is to code. Well, of course not! But what's so impressive about the code anyway? How about seeing something built to MORE than code!
My recommendation: Some accidents are just waiting to happen! Beware of safety issues at every house you see. Safety is one of the most important things home inspectors are looking for. After all, people are actually going to live in the house inspected!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560