Always Demand a Building Permit
Contractors will sometimes try to convince clients into not getting a building permit. Unless you have the ability to tell that a job complies with your local building code demand one. It is also a good idea to be present when the inspector comes so you can make sure all work is inspected and so you can notify the inspector that code-compliance is important to you.
A widow needed someone to install brace for the termite-damaged floor system at her home. The contractor promised to install a new girder that would rest on screw jacks. New joists would sit on the new girder on one end and the existing foundation wall on the other.
After announcing that all the work was done in the dark and wet crawl space, the homeowner paid the bill. The repair work is reflected in this collage.
As seen above, not a single joist rests on the new girder. The girder was simply shoved under the badly damaged existing joists. Nothing was done to support the floors, if inspected it would have never been approved.
Also, building inspectors may not to crawl under the house, another reason to be present. “Trust, but verify” is a good principle to follow.
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