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Permanent Duct Support

Some furnaces have really heavy duct work both coming and going.

Metal duct work can be very heavy.  It's very important that it be supported well.  Proper support usually involves metal strapping, aluminum tape, and a horizontal run which leads to the vertical trunk distribution throughout the upper levels of the house.

Often the horizontal duct can separate and sag.  Even when it is lifted back up into place, and perhaps stuck back on with aluminum tape, it can sag some more.

IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE SOME PERMANENT DUCT SUPPORT.

This house has a supply duct that will never sag again.

Notice how level it is!

Notice how stable its support is!

Notice how the strongest structure known to man, the arch (in this case a circle) was selected for support!

Oh, what is that red and black thing?

It is a flashlight!

And it's not going anywhere!

Nor is the duct!  The support is doing very well!  Problem solved!

I only hope there's a spare flashlight available should there be a power outtage!

Be sure to include that flashlight in any addendum!  It needs to convey!

My recommendation:  sometimes things look odd, but might be working!  However, if it is odd or includes materials that look like they might not stay, be sure the "fix" comes with the house!

 

 

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 12 commentsJay Markanich • July 14 2011 06:16AM

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Jay - it's amazing what we see during home inspections, isn't it?

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) about 9 years ago

It helps to have a eye for symmetry and for folks to just take a slow look around. 

Like home inspectors do.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Carol - sometimes you laugh, but when it was all said and done, this is working well!

Lenn - i think he situated that flashlight just right, in the middle, toward the front, no dips!  Kind of makes you proud to be a homeowner, doesn't it?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay, I realize that you must see so many similar fixes during the course of your work, and though this might "work", it can be indicative of the type of "fixes" elsewhere and unseen...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Jay - I have lots of flashlights--wonder if I should think of marketing them as dual-purpose?

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) about 9 years ago

Yes, Chris, but at least I was able to see, and enjoy, this one!

John - keep it in mind!  But don't tell Billy.  You know how he muscles in on everything, and is quite fast at getting stuff out there...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

My flash light will hold up a truck, its very sturdy. Of course I like to use my flashlight for its intended purpose.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 9 years ago

This was a very multi-use kind of guy, this seller was, Jim.  It's not too late to expand your horizons.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Thanks for showing us that one Jay. It was very illluminating. What happens when the batteries run down? Does it fall down?.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) about 9 years ago

This is a permanently charged flashlight, Robert.  You don't have those there?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Load bearing flashlight.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) about 9 years ago

I think they work great Reuben.  Very permanent.  Look how level that duct is!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

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