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3005, 2016

Roof access & problem

May 30th, 2016|Importance of photos & access, Roof Problems|Comments Off on Roof access & problem

How would you be if your inspector did not get on the roof of this house. I’m sure you would want to know about the roof condition! This roof could not be accessed or assessed from the inside due to being a cathedral ceiling. Don’t be conned by inspectors that claim they can check out […]

2305, 2016

Sagging gable overhang

May 23rd, 2016|Roof Problems|Comments Off on Sagging gable overhang

Not a recommended method of roof construction. The gable overhang extends past the external wall forming the eaves. The reason for sagging is due to the offset of the outriggers, with the gable overhang being too great. A preferred method would have been with the first truss being lower so the outriggers could have extended […]

1605, 2016

Inadequate roof truss support

May 16th, 2016|Dangerous structures, New house problems, Roof Problems|Comments Off on Inadequate roof truss support

This is not the correct way to support and secure junction of roof trusses, of a hipped roof. The hip trusses should have extended over the supporting truss. The supporting roof truss should also have been appropriately reinforced. I have seen this method of roof construction fail causing the trusses to drop through the ceiling […]

905, 2016

Veranda problem

May 9th, 2016|Deck & veranda problems|Comments Off on Veranda problem

It never ceases to amaze me how many builders don’t fit flashing’s where veranda’s are attached to two storey buildings. This will allow water seepage to the lower level living areas, in driving rain. Many underestimate the driving force of rain in severe storms, regardless of the veranda depth!

205, 2016

Retaining walls

May 2nd, 2016|Dangerous structures, Retaining wall problems|Comments Off on Retaining walls

These types of retaining walls are not suitable for retaining large volumes of soil. Always check with the manufacturers specifications before building retaining walls using pre-made forms. Bear in mind also that retaining walls over 1 metre in height  must engineer designed, Council approved, supported by footings and appropriately reinforced. Check with your local Council […]

2504, 2016

Retaining wall problem

April 25th, 2016|Retaining wall problems|Comments Off on Retaining wall problem

Recently inspected new property in the northern suburbs.

Retaining walls built without reinforcing and concrete core filling. As you can see in the photos the blocks have been held together with plastic clips and glue!