Originally Posted By: Aldo Marcozzi
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Thank you very much for your comments and suggestions. You guys who respond to my post are great. My point was to find out from you guys, if that procedures were "invasive", "common" or not required from SoP. The majority of us when performing an inspection, overpass the SoP.
I don't have to tell you, removing or not the insulation, since apparently every one of you are doing so, but I want to share my experience with others.
![icon_eek.gif](upload://yuxgmvDDEGIQPAyP9sRnK0D0CCY.gif) Because I'm "nosy" (be an Italian I have big one
)when I see insulation between floor joists on the rim box of a relatively old house, my nose tell me "watch out don't smell good there" and my nose is always right.
I thought, well can be balloon construction without fire stops or termite problem. So I started to remove the insulation. I was surprised! ! ! ! when I saw that the rim box was relatively new(2 x 8, 2 or 3 year old).
I did the front wall and right side wall of the house, all like that. Start removing the rear wall insulation when I discover the old (original) rim box.
Ha! ! ! my nose was right.
Because the 2 x 8 were new and cut between the floor joists, covering the original rim box I already suspected what they (Seller)did.
Now my nose get really pissed off. I went outside, cannot do it in the front wall because brick veneer, but in the right wall I lifted (a little...)the vinyl siding, my screwdriver went thru the sheathing and the old rim box.
The original front and right rim box, was completely (100%)damaged by termites. I believe, the seller did the work himself to hide the problem trying to cheated the future buyer and the inspector, NOT realizing that Inspectors are suspicious of every thing from the time we start the inspection to the end, and are trained to discover problems.
It is good practice to be suspicious and remove every thing that might be left or put there just to hide damage.
I appreciate, Mat, Neal, Joe H., Igor and Gerry suggestions removing the rim box insulation to investigate if it is any problem behind.
I believe, if we do more than the SoP wouldn't hurt, but if we do less it will.
Will be so educative to start a new Topic
about what really go on out there. Let us know about odd things like this.