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    Default Deck framing

    Here's an unusual framing area found at a home today.
    The deck supposedly had a permit, where from there I don't know but I think they layed these flat to allow headroom for the door access to the left.
    What were they thinking?
    interested in your comments. I have many in my report.
    Big sag too. Guess where?

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    That is certainly non-typical framing. The joists laid flat are on the same spacing as the joists oriented vertically (albeit with a smaller span). I don't see any joist hangers at the right end of these joists. And the beam supporting these joists (left side of photo) also appears to have a significant chunk removed from the bottom edge (again, possibly for headroom).

    It is not your call as a home inspector to say the deck is or is not structurally sound as built. I would recommend that you note the non-standard framing practices and the notched beam and recommend the deck be inspected by a qualified professional.

    By the way, check out Brian's link to an article on "May Is Deck Safety Month".

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    Yeh here is another book I have to order, Thanks


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Breedlove View Post
    TIt is not your call as a home inspector to say the deck is or is not structurally sound as built. I would recommend that you note the non-standard framing practices and the notched beam and recommend the deck be inspected by a qualified professional.
    If you are going to recommend the deck "be inspected" by a qualified professional, that means you "did not inspect it", otherwise you are charging your client to inspect it, and then telling them to pay someone else "to inspect it".

    As a home inspection professional, you should be able to tell if the deck 'looks right' or if it does not. If it does not, then recommend a structural engineer design appropriate repairs. Not "a qualified professional" as your client may end up with the "qualified professional" being the contractor who constructed it. You want to recommend a "structure engineer", and, instead of recommending what type or repair is needed, you are recommending that the structural engineer "design appropriate repairs" - meaning the repairs is up to the engineer who is going to sign and seal those designed repairs.

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    Yes, correct Jerry, Thankyou. That's what I did.


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