Archive for March 7th, 2011

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• Monday, March 07th, 2011
OK so on Saturday I did another Full Home Inspection in Germantown, Maryland.  This was a Town House with a finished basement.
The home was purchased last (as a foreclosure) by a local “flipper” construction company.  For the most part the home was/ is
relatively good condition for it’s age (built in 1078).  The builder did all the normal stuff like all new appliances, drywall repairs, fresh paint in and out, yada, yada, yada.  In fact they even replaced the roof covering, flashing, gutters, downspouts.  OK I am not going to write a long blog about the entire inspection, I just wanted to keep this limited to the deck portion of the inspection.
 
OK well in short the builder made it a point to boast about how they refurbished the deck, handrails and deck stairs.  Well the old deck, supports, ledgers, bolting, footers were all in good shape for their age.  Now for the surprises.  First all the handrails were replaced with brand new NON PRESSURE treated 2×6’s.  All straight cuts, now routing, beveling or anything close to fancy (I know that has nothing to do with my inspection, just wanted to toss it in).  The existing baluster were spaced to far apart, and the handrail going down the stairs was the same Non Pressure Treated 2×6.  Try getting your hand to hold onto that wide of a board if you were falling.  Not to mention the rot factor.
 
OK well overall it won’t take much to change out all the handrails to the correct type and then they will have a nice deck.  I was just amazed what some contractors
try to get away with.
Non Pressure Treated Handrail
Incorrect Balluster Spacing

Bad Stair Handrail

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