What do you see wrong with this picture?

Overlook the obvious junction box…

Hard to tell from this angle if the beam is resting on the foundation or not but the block is not laid correctly?

No way three Kevin’s commenting at the same time. Welcome Kevin and Kevin.

Block foundation stacked directly on top each other for each row

OK you guys nailed one of em …keep going…

Yes Blocks not offset is one …

Beam is not in any pocket …
so with that said…

Kevins unite !!! :smiley:

I froze my *** off today with a fellow NACHI inspector in my area I hire to do my septic inspections in this county as they have yet to provide a date for their personal certification program for me…

He had fun outside on an engineered system from 75 that was a nightmare in 0 degree gusting winds.

I was inside this place which has been vacant for almost a year , mice and other rodents had taken over .

It had 85% relative humidity in the place and mold was already fully established.

I’ll share some pics, it was so bad that Chris joked he would rather be outside than doing the Home Inspection…

What do you see in this one ?
This home was hacked to death…sticker was 400 G’s as it sat on 40 acres outside Ann Arbor…

Stacked bond CMU is not necessarily wrong.



While a running bond is most common, stacked bond construction is perfectly acceptable…

More info here for those interested.


Sheathing looks overheated about 6 inches to the left of the junction box.

When you say overlook the junction box do you mean the lack of a cover, the splices hanging out or the grounds not connected to each other?

Is the beam in a pocket, or just being supported by what looks like a 2x4 or 2x6?

A beam does not have to be in a “pocket”. It needs proper bearing.

That is correct, it was hard to determine if it butted
up to the block or was in a tight pocket in the pic, thus
I decided to clarify that .

Proper bearing is correct ,
do you feel a single 2 x 6" is sufficient ?

I didn’t and recommend adding more …
It also was sitting on the floor, which you can’t see
in the pic I supplied.

I didn’t make a big issue of the block course arrangement
but did call it out as unusual since the rest of the foundation was
laid with offset joints.
yeah the electric in this place was half assed everywhere.

No a 2x6 is not.
I like to see the same size support but then again that would depend on what was needed for support.

A beam requires 3"of bearing. A joist requires 1.5". Its wrong.

You’re wrong. (At least where the IRC is in effect)

R502.6 Bearing. The ends of each joist, beam or girder shall
have not less than 1.5 inches (38 mm) of bearing on wood or
metal and not less than 3 inches (76 mm) on masonry or concrete
except where supported on a 1-inch-by-4-inch (25.4 mm
by 102 mm) ribbon strip and nailed to the adjacent stud or by
the use of approved joist hangers.

whoops I think I lost a few of you in translation.

When I stated “proper bearing is correct” I meant that as a reply to one
poster who asked if that was one of my mystery items.

Thus I stated correct…

The actual Load bearing surface on the beam was incorrect in this observation
and a single dimensional 2"x 6" is not going to be sufficient.

They had cut the Beam and it butted up against the block foundation tightly.

I suggested the need for 2 more and a total of 3 2x6 there in the end.

If it’s worth doing it’s worth doing right.

And before you think I’m a code Nazi , I’m not …Hell I didn’t even ding em on the
fact that there isn’t a 1/2" air gap on the butt end.

I just like common sense used and a Beam like this needs to be properly reinforced
no need to skimp on a few cripples when it’s in a critical area like this, that would be a bonehead

As far as the 3" rule goes I see it like this…
If a Beam pocket has to be 3" in depth to seat the beam ends with shims
Then a Beam should have 3" minimal when supported in any manner.
Hell that’s a minimum in my opinion.

Ok here is an example where the Code is not interpreted correctly IMO. Yes if you did have proper support like at 6x6 Treated post properly secured it would be OK to use 1 1/2 bearing. A 1x6 would not be correct even if it was attached with proper fasteners and the load should be carried by a post that is treated or 3… 2x6’s nailed together properly.
So the Kevin’s stand together.:mrgreen: