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3110, 2016

New House

October 31st, 2016|New house problems|Comments Off on New House

Problems found in a recently inspected northern suburb new house

  

Builders seem to have lost sight of importance of fitting flashing’s around openings and rely too much on sealants that deteriorate from normal weather conditions, also crack from different rates of expansion and contraction between different products used in construction. This can allow seepage and potential […]

2410, 2016

Illegal Structure

October 24th, 2016|Illegal structures|Comments Off on Illegal Structure

Very poorly illegally built carport attached to a house in the bay side area.

Undersized rafters and roof battens, no bracing to the roof structure also insufficient securing, posts are supported and insufficiently secured to a brick retaining wall, that has moved. A prospective buyer would have to factor in obtaining approvals, removal and replacement cost […]

1710, 2016

Retaining wall movement

October 17th, 2016|Retaining wall problems|Comments Off on Retaining wall movement

   

These retaining walls have moved considerably and would require a substantial amount of money to remove and replace, due to limited access with machinery. Replacing them would be labour intensive and costly. Walls over 1 metre in height must be engineer designed and appropriately reinforced. Soil tests and Council approval are also required.

   

1010, 2016

Stump problems

October 10th, 2016|Stump Movement|Comments Off on Stump problems

   

Recently inspected house in the western suburbs showing concrete packing fitted to top of all of the concrete stumps. Reasons for packing are either from movement after the original construction of the house or the stumps were incorrectly fitted when originally fitted (very unlikely with this era of house), neither are good. If they […]

310, 2016

Roof Truss Problems

October 3rd, 2016|Roof Problems|Comments Off on Roof Truss Problems

Problems with roof trusses, sagging and dislodged gang-nails (securings to joints). The most economical way to rectify the problems with this roof structure would be to fit more securings to the joints and replace the roof tiles with metal roof sheeting, this would remove a huge amount of weight from the roof structure and remove […]

2609, 2016

Flooding (local)

September 26th, 2016|Flooding, Importance of photos & access|Comments Off on Flooding (local)

   

There are different types of flooding the main ones being what occurred in the 1800’s, 1974 and more recently in 2011 & 2013. But most are unaware of local flooding that occurs much more often and possibly a number of times in a year. These photos are of the latter category as indicated by […]