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  1. #1
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    Default Fake Interior block wall and has this beam been cut?

    I just seen this new looking block wall and then noticed the real foundation block wall behind it. This fake one I non load bearing ad I wonder what is behind it or what are they hiding. Cracks, efflorescent, moisture, mildew, hat do you think? Also, This main center load bearing beam loos as though it as been cut and altered, I have never seen a beam above block look like this before, does this look right to you?

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    The 1st two pics are of the fake block wall and pic 3&4 are the interior load bearing wall down the center of the house.

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    Default Re: Fake Interior block wall and has this beam been cut?

    No, the beam looks like a conventional built-up beam. The cut is in a nailer strip that supports the joists, old-school joist hanger arrangement.

    My psychic powers are limited by distance, so I can't see anything behind that block wall.

    John Kogel, RHI, BC HI Lic #47455
    www.allsafehome.ca

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    Default Re: Fake Interior block wall and has this beam been cut?

    Likely a new block wall was installed because the one behind it is failing.


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    Default Re: Fake Interior block wall and has this beam been cut?

    When someone goes to the trouble of building a new block wall in front of the original wall it usually means that the original wall bowed inward. In my experience the new wall is seldom built correctly. This is usually a non-engineered fix that does not work. Big red flag, no matter how good the new wall looks.


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    Default Re: Fake Interior block wall and has this beam been cut?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Reinmiller View Post
    When someone goes to the trouble of building a new block wall in front of the original wall it usually means that the original wall bowed inward. In my experience the new wall is seldom built correctly. This is usually a non-engineered fix that does not work. Big red flag, no matter how good the new wall looks.
    Thanks Mark, that's what I thought but wanted to hear from others. The new block wall is not bearing any load at all and stops a few inches from the joists and is about 6" away from the existing original wall so nothing can be seen.

    Dan Hagman
    ProSite Home Inspections
    Des Moines, Iowa

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    Default Re: Fake Interior block wall and has this beam been cut?

    Dan maybe you should learn to say thank you to the other replies too!


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    Default Re: Fake Interior block wall and has this beam been cut?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond Wand View Post
    Dan maybe you should learn to say thank you to the other replies too!
    You are absolutely correct, thank you Raymond and John, I really do appreciate it.

    Dan Hagman
    ProSite Home Inspections
    Des Moines, Iowa

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