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Old 06-04-2013, 05:12 PM   #31
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A man has to know his limitations

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I think I have found the problem and its very bad. Judging by the way the beam and joists are laid out in the basement, I would have to say the joists are more like model 2.

The design of my house is a stairway on top of a stairway - when coming down to the basement, you can see the bottom of the stairway that was originally in question - although covered in drywall.

The issue I discovered is 1 that does not look cool at all. I asked the home inspector about it before I bought the house and he wasn't concerned. I think I ended up with a former fry cook/ bull****er.

What these pics are of is the end of a steel I beam that runs the length of the basement ceiling resting on ****ing wood that is splintering and sinking into another piece of wood on top of concrete.

I don't know what the other side looks like yet. I have a pro coming out to look at this.

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Of course a lot more information than has been presented is necessary to determine if this, indeed, is the culprit of the stairwell problem, but it looks like a good man should be able to piece it all together for you.

These things are like jig-saw puzzles. You can't tell what the overall picture is until you examine all the pieces. Make sure they fully explain to you why X caused Y, resulting in Z... and it makes sense. Too easy to run with one fraction of a factor that looks scary. Insurance people sell unnecessary policies this way all the time.
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Thanks Willie, yep I have a guy coming out. I read somewhere that a steel beem on top of wood was a no no.
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That splintering would is probably just from the way it was cut. Have it checked out, but I don't think that's an issue.
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The vertical 2x4s have sank about 3/4" into the horizontal 2x4s below them
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The vertical 2x4s have sank about 3/4" into the horizontal 2x4s below them
Now, there's something that will mess with your peaceful sleep.
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It's probably been like this for years. I will get this corrected
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It's probably been like this for years. I will get this corrected
I have to admit... the first thing that shot through my head was: ¡Qué cosa! ¡Qué milagro! ¿La casa aún se conserva?

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