You know what the sign says, "Gorgeous inside!" And the listing information full of fun facts! This house was totally remodeled, inside and out. FYI - these are only a few of the photos I could publish. I won't comment until the end. See what you see and what is wrong. Have some fun. I did!
Did you catch all to see? Well, heah 'tis:
1. New front porch roof slightly askew. No doubt for better rain run off. 2. Hard to see, but the front porch stoop was, um, redone with a lovely 1/4" slathering of mortar to cover the old. Poly-foam was used to "seal" the hole under the siding. There is a large gap under the new front door threshold, which can be see inside! 3. Wonderfully new duct work. 4. Bath vent tubing not attached. Which is probably okay anyway as that tube vents onto the roof sheathing. 5. MUCH of the new wiring was cut and split. 6. MANY of the new junction boxes were overloaded and without covers. 7. Hard to tell in this photo, that guardrail base was never screwed down. It is glued with caulking, or maybe Elmer's. 8. Second floor bedroom replaced with a "kitchen." To do so a 22' wall was removed. You can see the floor and ceiling replacements. The smoke detector is about 8' from the range. It might go off now and then... 9. To their credit, they tried to span that 22' with a double Microlam beam. But the attachment of the truss rafters to it was very weak and it rests on the original stud work beside the kitchen counter. There was no evidence that there was a triple or quadruple stud under it for support. And the insulation job is terrific too. 10. They kept the original 15amp bedroom circuit to service the new "kitchen." Kitchens should have two 20amp circuits. And the fridge was plugged into that lone circuit, and delightfully covered by the one kitchen GFI outlet. 11. New glass door installed from the kitchen to the house, with a delightful step downward to enter inside. 12. I could not get the filter out of the slot provided. And the sill plate is not pressure-treated wood (that's the 2x4" board nailed to the concrete slab). 13. The plumbing clean-out cover blocked the clean out. The cover was glued to the wall. 14. That's a drywall screw holding the dishwasher to the filler strip at the end of the cabinet. VERY secure! 15. Bat access panel. Very green. 16. Delightful array. I could not determine how they got this to the vented main drain stack on the other side of the house. 17. Conveniently missing siding revealed that the new siding, a different color from the front, was installed over the original fiber board, and recycled some of the other rusty nails they found when the older siding (whatever that was) had been removed. Also, the siding is nailed too tightly to the wall. Vinyl siding expands and contracts a lot and must be hung on the wall, not nailed to it. That is why the wide slots are provided for nailing.
Do you think they had a permit for this?
There were more things that could have been included. But this gives you an idea of Mr. Jay's world.
Can Mr. Jay interest you in a different nut?
When you feel like a snack, eat Lotsa Nuts!
Because you are what you eat!
Boy, do I need a snack. And some more ice for my head.
Can we go home now?
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