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An average day

Discussion in 'Contractor Talk' started by ICE, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. ICE

    ICE Sawhorse

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    The job is a pex re-pipe. The plumber exposed the splices that have been there for forty+ years.

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  2. ICE

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    The plan calls for a two pour system with #4 dowels. The dotted line is the cold joint between the footing and the slab. We refer to it as a "shovel off". Dowels are usually bent 90°. Dowels must be tied in place.

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    Ok so there's no dowels. The first question is how would the concrete be piled 22" above the grade beam not to mention the lack of rebar at the top of the footing.

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    The form board sits on the #3 ties. The Strong Wall may not be all that strong.

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  3. Msradell

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    That drawing is very confusing. To me it looks like what they are calling #4 Dwls @ 16" look like rebar in the slab. The bar at an angle that I call out to be 12" minimum looks very strange and as you said it doesn't look like there's any way to tie it in.
    Around here I've never seen a cold joint place like that either, they are normally flat across at the top of the grade beam. Were you seeing a need to have concrete 22" above the grade beam? It looks like it's just 8" to the sill plates.
     
  4. ICE

    ICE Sawhorse

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    The way it is set up there would be a 22” space between the grade beam and the top of the slab.
     
  5. Pcinspector1

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    Odd design...So is there rebar exiting the first pour through the "cold joint" into the second pour-slab? Looks like there's a horizontal bar, would that be tie to the slab mat before the slab pouring?

    Wheres conarb?...conarb stat!
     
  6. ICE

    ICE Sawhorse

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    I usually don't pay attention to roof work unless I am there for a reason. Passing by is not a reason.

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    This is two doors away from an inspection that turned into a non-inspection. That contractor started with a re-roof permit for the house but not the garage. I left a correction that asked him to obtain the permit for the garage. I also noted that there is a shiny new furnace vent poking out the roof so perhaps he needs a mechanical permit ...and just for the sake of wasting ink I included,"And anything else that has been done without a required permit". The house was vacant and locked. There was plywood covering the windows and locked gates kept me in the front yard.

    Another inspector followed up when the contractor requested a final inspection of the roof. That inspector was able to get into the house. He wrote a correction to obtain permit for a kitchen remodel.

    My second visit was today. I was there for another attempt at a final inspection. Sure enough, there's a new kitchen....along with the rest of the house.

    I wrote correction to obtain permits for two bathrooms remodeled, all windows replaced, all new lights, receptacles and switches. I am pretty sure that the building was re-wired but I haven't been in the attic.
    Can lights must have been on sale.


    Back to that bootleg roof:
    Ya roofing is better left alone....but sometimes I go off the deep end and stick my nose, well you know what I mean.......don't you.


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  7. conarb

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    I see what they are trying to do, they are trying to build a standard foundation like a monolithic pour without pouring the slab at the same time, I've thought about it and don't see anything wrong with it, the 22" gap between the top of the cage and the top of the pour is highly unusual, but again I don't see anything wrong with it, I guess Tiger can request a structural observation from the DPoR since it's at variance with the plans, maybe he would request vertical dowels, or maybe he would sign it off.
     
  8. steveray

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    I didn't think the wire nuts had the "wings" 40 yrs ago.....?

     
  9. TheCommish

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    keen observation ICE, flowing on, it think 40 years all wire nuts came in any color of black you wanted
     
  10. ICE

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    Well I don't know about wings and color from forty years ago. I do see small wire spliced with big wire so as you guys are suggesting, there is more to the story.
     
  11. ICE

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    The next two service upgrades were done by licensed contractors. They give as good as they get. Apparently they didn't get enough to do good.

    This enclosure is held to the wall with one screw. The guy said,"Well it went all the way through the stucco".

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    You can see the cable going out the rear. He didn't attempt to disguise the hole in the wall.....or a patch of any sort.

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    The next panel has a bigger hole so he tried to mitigate that.

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    You can see the cable at the bottom. The hole is all the way to the top.

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    Now that was a big hole....it looks like part of the previous service cabinet is still there.

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    This outcome is typical. Once upon a time it was a clean well-kept neighborhood that deserves better.
     
  12. steveray

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    Almost everyone deserves better these days.....Except those that deserve worse...
     
  13. ICE

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    I inspected the under-slab plumbing.

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    I guess I wasn't paying attention at that time.

    This is the detail called out on the plans.

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    Pull back the flashing and what do you find?

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  14. TheCommish

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    ICE, if a metal plate was placed over the old service panel hole before the new surface mountepanelle was installed woud that be allowed?
     
  15. ICE

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    Granted there won't be a lot of water getting in....but still......

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    If the arrangement kept water out of the wall and there were no splices behind that plate and no holes in the back of the panel enclosure....well then.....probably not.
     
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    Cellulose?
     
  19. ICE

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    Yes it is insulation.

    I found this on a roof today. Damned cat.

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    #2739 ICE, May 23, 2018 at 9:13 PM
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