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Dangerous Carpentry. Watch Your Head!

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 10 commentsJay Markanich • November 11 2016 02:05AM

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Wow, good thing you happened to look up! Getting smacked in the head right there would not have ended well.

Someone was not thinking, that's for sure.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) over 1 year ago

Kat - my take is that someone was not caring.  The Do Unto Others Golden Rule is super tarnished by the uncaring.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago

I think it is where the elves hide the Christmas presents....and it discourages sneaky peekers ! :) 

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) over 1 year ago

This discovery makes me wonder whether you might want to start wearing a hard hat on the job?

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) over 1 year ago

I know you look up all the way up the ladder, I do... I have my trusty flashlight waaay out in front, you never know what you're popping your head into!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 1 year ago

Having not occurred to me, that must have been the reason for this, S&D!

S&N - I have a head up there, which, my mother said, is the hardest ever made.  She would know.

Fred - I do look because I have to see how close the nails are at the top of the ladder or I might stick my head to the roof.  I have ripped a shirt or two, actually more than two.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago

Looks like an ADA compliant hand rail to me. 

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 1 year ago

American Dental Association?

American Diabetes Association?

American Dumb Act?

Let me know, Stephen.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago

Jay- I agree with what you said above...someone forgot about the Golden Rule and was just plain lazy. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 1 year ago

Kathy - I'm sure you do!  Over the years I have been do disgusted by what I see regarding the Golden Rule I wrote a blog on it eight years ago.  I posted it here on AR, but also on my website here.

It wasn't intended to be preachy.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago

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