Hanging out on the back patio. But not for long.

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Home Inspector with Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections 10072923

Hanging out on the back patio. But not for long.

When home owners have the brilliant idea to do something.

They need to make sure it is done the "correct way". This looks like they had been wanting to do this for a long time.

But the home has to be built right to start with.

The Rafter tails. And the tie plate.

On this home there was no rafter tail tie plate. That is the board that ties the rafter tails or overhang of the rafters together to keep them in proper alignment.

This tie plate also helps keep the tails from warping and twisting when ever the moisture gets too high.

Missing the Rafter tie plate the homes roof decking has no proper support. It will and has sagged over time.

This home was built back in 1980. Even back then there were county and municipal inspectors that could have and should have inspected this home at that time.

This should have never been approved without the rafter tail in place as part of standard construction.

Take a look at the Soffit. This was my first clue to there being a possible issue with this home.

Repaired soffit.

My first clue there was anything wrong was the way the soffit was attached to the home.

It was stapled on with standard one inch crown staples. These will not work for the soffit materials. This is why the soffit had pulled loose and had been eventually replaced with the wrong thickness material.

The entire soffit system on the home had been re worked at one time or another.

Here is the rear patio cover, it is simply lag bolted into the rafter tails of the home.

Back patio cover.

You can clearly see the lag bolts are not holding. The patio cover will eventually come loose from the home if not repaired as soon as possible.

Notice the one inch steel pipe for the corner post? This was not installed correctly either. It was leaning at about a 20 degree angle.

This is why it is so important for the local inspectors to inspect properly each and every time.

 

Have a great day every One.

This is why you always get a "Home Inspection" by a Honest certified inspector. For the peace of mind. Call Clint at 1-575-706-5586

Have a great day every one.

If you are buying a home and want a very good home inspection. Call Clint McKie at 1-575-706-5586 Desert Sun Home Inspections can and will find the issues if there are any. We service Eddy, Lea and Chaves Counties in Southeast New Mexico.

 

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Clint  McKie

Owner of Desert Sun Home Inspections Carlsbad, New Mexico. Eddy County's only certified home inspection service WITH OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE. Serving all of South East New Mexico. We inspect the homes entire structure from the roof to the foundation, and everything in between. Most reports within 4-24 hours from time of inspection completion. We issue a PDF report with pictures Starting at $250.00 for each home inspection. Why settle for less when you can have the best?

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Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
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Hi Adrian,

Short cuts are never a good thing. They always come back to haunt you.

Have a great Friday in Seattle.

Best, Clint McKie

Apr 17, 2014 07:37 PM #11
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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
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Rafter tails and tie plate Clint you are so far over my head I'm out....

Apr 17, 2014 07:39 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Jordan,

Always get the work done correctly. No sense in cutting corners and having to end up paying twice.

Have a hve day and thanks for the comment.

Best, Clint McKie

Apr 17, 2014 07:42 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Kathy,

All DYI jobs end up being re done or torn down.

Have a nice day in Delray Beach.

Best, Clint McKie

Apr 17, 2014 07:44 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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 Hi Anita,

This is so true. Looked lke a buddy help job. Bud Light be the name. LOL

Have a great Friday in Warner Robins.

Best, Clint McKie

Apr 17, 2014 08:14 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Gary,

All DIY jobs are not bad. Look at some and you see issues. Others you see nothing. They were done correctly.

Have a great day in Brevard.

Best, Clint McKie

Apr 17, 2014 08:15 PM #16
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Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hello Lenn,

I think they built the home on a tight budget. This means the corners will be cut and a lot.

Have a nice day in Virginia.

Best, Clint McKie

Apr 17, 2014 08:17 PM #17
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hello Tom,

The buyer says they are probably going to remove he patio cover and start over.

Have a nice day in Placerville.

Best, Clint McKie

Apr 17, 2014 08:18 PM #18
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Mr. Bond,

Some DIY jobs are great. This one not so much.

Have a nice day in Fairport Harbor.

Best, Clint McKie

Apr 17, 2014 08:25 PM #19
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Adrian,

With all the flexing with the heating up and cooling off is not a good thing. It will loosen up over time.

Have a nice Friday in Seattle.

Best, Clint McKie

Apr 17, 2014 08:27 PM #20
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Vegas Bob,

Good thing this is on the ground floor. But still an issue that needs to be addressed.

Have a nice day in Las Vegas.

Best, Clint McKie

Apr 17, 2014 08:29 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi James.

This is why you have home inspectors to explain things to the agents.

Have a great day in Rogers.

Best, Clint McKie 

Apr 17, 2014 08:30 PM #22
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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It looks to me that a really strong wind might just be the finishing touch this patio cover needs to set it free. Hopefully they will fix it right before someone gets hurt.

Apr 17, 2014 10:30 PM #23
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Debbie,

This could happen. But lagged pretty good. But improper framing and fastening leaves a big doubt if it will tay put.

Have a great day in Clarksville.

Best, Clint McKie

Apr 17, 2014 11:42 PM #24
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I am surprised it has lasted this long!  Likely lots of repairs have been made over the years to try to extend it's life.

Apr 18, 2014 08:30 PM #25
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Clint.  I hope no more than 3 people go on the patio.

Apr 18, 2014 09:03 PM #26
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Jay,

I think so. This home had a lot of DIY stuff going on in the past.

Have a great weekend in Bristow.

Best, Clint McKie

Apr 18, 2014 10:01 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Conrad.

As long as the winds stay below 5 MPH we are good for a couple of days. LOL

Have a great weekend in Webster.

Best, Clint McKie

Apr 18, 2014 10:02 PM #28
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Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
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Clint ....this could be like chapter 58!

Great find as always!

Happy Easter!

Apr 20, 2014 07:16 AM #29
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Thank you Rob,

I hope you had a great Easter Holiday. I was thinking Chapter 50 my self.

Have a good day in Bristol.

Best, Clint McKie

 

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