Dangerous carpentry. Watch your head!
When climbing up an attic access ladder I am often not looking directly above my head. And that might be true with everyone. And often the attic is dark until I turn on a flashlight or can hit the light switch that is up there.
But in this new construction, fortunately, I did look up. And at the second from the top step, had I not been careful, I'd have gotten a noggin surprise.
Sticking out from the framing was a long 2x4! And it stuck way out!
And it was positioned to hit anyone accessing the attic in the head or face.
A photo from below was not as dramatic as this one from above
You can see how far it sticks out!
What carpenter would leave this in place as it is?
Yes, this is a very easy fix, but one that needs to be done. It should take about 10 seconds to remove that beam. Who would want it to stay?
My recommendation: the smallest things that come up during home inspections, and especially new construction inspections, can sometimes be something that would save an accident in waiting. Most accidents are set ups - they are not accidents at all! And this accident-in-waiting in an ACCIDENT IN WAITING. Get rid of it.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560