Rear addition at 1965 home

Looks like there is two bulkheads, one with the door and one with leaking water, where is that one and the other and where is the access?:slight_smile:

Yep, those are tough pic’s to get a good feel of what is where. Hopefully Bob has some better pic’s. and can understand what we’re trying to get at.

My you are a big help.
Guess thats what you tell your clients to?

I go out of my way to learn Linus and also to help people.
Not always about getting their check,but that is me and not you.
That is why we do not get along, and I appreciate those here that help without the old lazy non caring defer to someone else remark.

That is why I often come here to help.There are enough guys here that know that.

Hi Marcel
The top of those exterior stairs are partially under the deck so the pit opening is part outside which is why you see the water getting under that siding at top of the stairs where it travels towards what is now a door in the basement which is just drywall on the other side.
I had to enter through an old awning style single pane window at rear of the basement by jumping up into it.
I think they need to block the stair pit opening and continue the foundation.
I have a free building diagram software I will try and draw a sketch with.

In many munis, before a building or structure can be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted, or demolished, a building permit is first required.
In some instances, work is done on a building without the required permit.
When this happens, a property owner may be cited by a City Inspector and advised to obtain a permit (after the fact).
If work is done that cannot be permitted because it is in violation of the zoning and building code, the work must be undone and the building restored to its original approved condition.

no plan, no permit, no go…

has anyone checked for the required permit?

Unfortunately Barry, altough we all know that is how it should work, people find a way to work around those mandates and sell the problem to someone else.
Must cases, you have no idea when it was built and nothing is disclosed at the sale of the property.
I for one will not start going through a permit search process unless someone pays me to do it.
So in the meantime, we are stuck with writing the sucker up and recommending repairs by the appropriate contractor or architects.

Bob, I agree that the foundation be continuous and a proper access be installed to gain access to the basement and/or crawlspace.
It should also be waterproofed to prevent water intrusion in the space beyond the door.

I think this is what Jeff was saying also.
Or did he recommend a gutter?:mrgreen::wink:

Learn what? Trying to help who? There probably wasn’t a permit pulled and it wasn’t built right. That’s what a report should tell your client. To try to figure out how it should have been done is not our jobs. Period.

Hope you’re doing OK too Marcel. I hear you never got to take the helm of that cruiser you were building.

Yes, Marcel, but it goes beyond (to do it properly) just waterproofing the (new) concrete wall. There is an area (guessing) about 6’-8’ that would be without proper drainage (where the original staircase is). Who knows, the entire rear wall may not have draintile at the footings. My comment was to tie into the draintile for drainage of said area. Another option, which may be overall easier (and if home has a sump) would be to add draintile (instead of tying in) and cut the concrete floor to add the new drain tying in to the sump. This is where a qualified contractor ‘on site’ could best determine the most cost effective method. BTW… a proper crawl access point could possibly be constructed where the door currently exists (except for the laundry being inside the current door).

Nope, but I did get to see the bridge and grab the wheel. Damn, no wonder they cost a $Billion, you should see that up there. Computers up the ying yang. Dam thing probably drives itself.
Managing OK on my own so far.
Could be better, but would cost more. :slight_smile:

I am sure Bob took care of writing all the details in his report. Just too hard on our end to make any determination of whats what from a few pictures.
Looks like there are plenty of issues and all the problems created by the owner are now being sold to another.
I am positive no permits were issued for that work.
Most places I inspect up here, they don’t know what a permit is. Unless it is a town of 5000 or more.:slight_smile:

I recommended that and he will get estimates.

What does code say about having an opening that allows water to drain down the stairs like that.?


I would say the area above was an enclosed porch at one time but reconfigured to become an addition.

To know what is wrong is required also.
Just saying it is not right unless you state what is not right and why.

I consider learning as much about every situation part of the job.

Was going to edit my ripping you, but you copied it.:slight_smile:

I was an Operations Specialist and worked in the Combat Information Center. When the Aegis class came out back in the 80’s they were capable of tracking and engaging something like 200 incoming targets…on auto.:shock::shock: That was 20 years ago.

Familiar photos Linas, but been upgraded 100% looking at those photos.

I found it just mind boggling. :slight_smile:

many things, depends on the contributing water source and associated system

drainage and weather proofing is covered under many topics site, foundation, wall, door, window, roof, depends on the contributing water source and associated system

The only problem was that someone still had to decide what exactly the targets were and when to fire. Even with these sophisticated systems, it was still possible to shoot down a commercial airliner (Iran Airlines Flt 655) or get hit with an Exocet (USS Stark). I wonder if that’s changed.

After the Government dished out $62 million to compensate the families, I am sure the rules of engagement has changed a little. :slight_smile: