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gmbwrenchn 04-30-2012 09:06 PM

Steel support beams on basement wall
 
Just wanted to get some opinions on a possible home purchase. This 1500 sq ft ranch home built in 76' i'm looking at has the steel support beams, up to the floor joist, on the entire north basement wall. For the most part, the wall looks ok. There are some small cracks both vertical and horizontal. Is this something that can be contained over the coming years or could there be additional problems down the road. The south side of the basement wall has been painted recently too it looks like. Any advice on this is appreciated, thanks.

joecaption 04-30-2012 09:49 PM

And the pictures are where? Sure would help if we could see what your seeing.
So far does not sound good.
A beam in the center of the house is one thing, on an out side wall can be very bad, may be the foundation was starting to bow in.

gmbwrenchn 04-30-2012 09:56 PM

Yea.......sorry no pic's. Went to an open house. Maybe next time i'll bring a camera:yes:. There along the entire north wall. Would you consider buying a home like this? Thanks.

joecaption 04-30-2012 10:00 PM

No idea until I see it.
Not sure what your looking at, then hire your own home inspector or an engineer before buying. Never ever use one a realitor suggest.

gmbwrenchn 04-30-2012 10:13 PM

Thanks for the advice. :thumbsup:


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