Cut and paste deck repairs.
This homeowner had a weak deck. Built by him or prior it doesn't matter. It had many flaws and was damaging the house in addition to sagging and swaying.
The homeowner, now seller, wanted to shore it up! A little cut here, a little paste there, and viola!
Choosing what appeared to be old logs that had been used for shaping a garden, a frame was made where two posts were nailed to a "beam," and the posts merely resting on top of another piece of log laying on the ground. No footer that!
You can see the yellow arrows.
Also, the new wood used to "shore up" the deck can be seen at the top of the photo.
In addition to this, what else got my attention was the way the new joists (which were 2x6s spanning about 12') were resting on the new "beam."
Special, special, special!
The height of the post didn't quite make it.
So an attractive shim was added, notched carefully into the bottom of the joist.
What is holding the post and beam into place is the weight of the deck. They are not attached in any way.
Up on the deck, because the 2x6s span too great a distance, there is a delightful bounce. Fred Astaire woulda, coulda made great use of that bounce as he, and Ginger Rogers, twirled around to some jumpy dance number.
My recommendation: sometimes homeowner "repairs" are epic failures. This deck was no exception. Inspections are not judgmental - something is right or it is not. Something is safe or it is not. And when it is not the home inspector has no choice but to point it out. This deck was unsafe in many ways, and the way it attached to the house caused rot and interior basement wall moisture. That is not something any buyer wants to inherit.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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