Blunder-Trimming

In 1979 we were hired to frame a 2000 SF rambler with a 3car garage. The homeowner was acting as the general contractor.
The owner was going to trim and paint the house.

We were invited to look at the house after he was finished. We were witness to a homeowners trimming ability, he cut and installed all the casings on the windows and doors, all these joints were open by 1/8-3/16” but the worst was the base boards at the inside corner joints had gapes from a 1/4” to 1/2”.

The double front entry door was stained and varnished, but the varnished cracked (the finish coat was reacting to the lower coat) up on him, all he did was put another coat of varnish over the doors.

When he brought us through the house pointing out how great a job he did on trimming and painting.

If the house was to be put on the market all the base and casing would have to be redone.

Blunders-wet basement

I was called to a house in the summer of 2003; the homeowners built the house.
They called with a problem of water in their basement. When I got there, they had a new swimming pool in the basement. The county required a perk test done the property.

This was to tell which type of sewer system is required.

  • In ground standard.
  • Mound system.
  • On this lot because of high level of ground water a mound system was required.

    When it was time to build about 3 months later being a dry summer they dug 3 1/2 feet below the drain field system, to set the footings.

    The next 2 years were dry. But the spring of 2003 was a couple of wet months above average rainfall that spring and they had 3′ of standing water in their basement.

    Saved about $20,000.00 on construction fees, and lost about 26’x 42′ area in a lower level or lost about $54,600.00 resell value.

    Saved about $20,000.00 on construction fees, and lost about 26’x 42′ area in a lower level or lost about $54,600.00 resell value.