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I Wondered Why The Staircase Was So Wobbly...

This is an older log home, and meets the "over the river and through the words song," and while I liked the house I wondered why the staircase was so wobbly...

The staircase was the circular kind, and exactly what you would expect to find in a log home.

It makes for a fun way to get to the upstairs.

These houses are exceptionally inefficient as there is no way to keep heat near the floor.  It is attracted to the very high ceilings, and upper level.

That was obvious going up the stairs.

But going up it was a very wobbly experience.

I didn't like it!

Getting up there I found out why!

The stairs are, well, not really attached.

Having already gotten upstairs I was a big scared coming down!

This is how they are attached on both sides!

One side has two loose screws for its connection.

The other one very fine, bent finish nail.  One.

That's not a lot of support!

And to think people lived there with the stairs like that!

I think they need a different connection.  I think.

My recommendation:  sometimes when you go up you don't want to come back down!  Like here.  I did anyway, but warily!  It's always a comfortable feeling to know that everyone on the inspection is in danger.  After I came down I held the stairs tightly, pushing them against the posts so they would not wobble so much when my clients came down.  We all made it...

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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

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Comment balloon 23 commentsJay Markanich • December 19 2014 04:46AM

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Now this is a major safety issue that the listing agent as well as the sellers should have fixed before listing.  Can anyone say "liability" or another ambulance chaser favorite..."neglect!"

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

This is a disaster, Gary.   You are right.  I wonder why this was not noticed before.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

I particularly like the spacing on the balusters. Then again that is why then need us Jay... 

 

Posted by Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809 (203kOnLine.com, covering the USA) almost 5 years ago

Well, this is older stuff Mike.  That spacing was appropriate then!  And I don't hear too many people use the word "baluster!"  I do, but most people don't!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

OMG, not safe indeed?  Maybe only the little kids used them, and they thought it was an adventure.  Talk about unsafe for everyone.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 5 years ago

I can only imagine a bunch of kids flying down the stairs, putting a lot of outward force on the column Jay. The fasteners leave me speechless.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 5 years ago

That level is the master bedroom more or less Debbie.  But wow, it is unsafe!

Tom - if the kids used that bedroom I bet the stairs would not be there now!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Hey I've been in that cabin before :)  Looks like screwy "carpenters" of all kinds.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 5 years ago

That's the place with the carpenter ant damage on the floor you looked at Charlie.  It was a nice cabin, but lots of problems.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Jay. It looks like whoever installed the stairs had a screw loose.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

But they finished well, Michael, with a nail.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Jay, Yike, maybe they should keep a parachute at the top just in case. Merry Christmas!

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) almost 5 years ago

Jay Markanich Talk about a disaster just waiting to happen. What on earth was that seller-owner thinking? Wow!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc.) almost 5 years ago

I bet you were thinking it would be nice to have a firemans pole while you were "stuck" up there... but I don't know why you were worried... the finish nail was bent over!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 5 years ago

Bob - that would have worked had it been open.  That's a good 10' high.

S&N - wouldn't that have been a comfy circumstance had that staircase pulled away.

Fred - where is Billy Jays Put Yer Pole! when you need him?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Oh my gosh, that's crazy! How could people live there and regularly use the staircase? That first step might be your last step!

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) almost 5 years ago

When I went up I knew something was wrong Tom.  Getting up there I was afraid to come down!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

That's just a tragic event waiting to happen.  As Tome said that's just downright crazy

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 5 years ago

It is James.  I was on edge the whole time we were upstairs.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Jay, Gotta like spiral stair cases anyway. Then compound it with not properly attaching them, not good.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

They can be space savers Don, especially in the back yard when done right, but man, give it a big screw or two!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Seems a bit twisted all around. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Yeah, screwy.

So to speak...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

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