Watching the new Adam Corolla's new comedy hour on remodeling his investment
property last night, one of his contractors cut a major structural beam
short by something like 3' at one end. Adam came up with the idea to
sandwich the beam with two pieces of what look like 3/4" plywood and nails
as a fix. I think the inspector is going to flag this. What would be a real
fix other than getting another beam?
Yeah, I wondered the same thing myself. It was a glulam beam, about 4" x 14",
and about 24' long. They 'fixed' it with 2 pieces of 3/4" plywood about 4'
long, screwed to each side. Some of the workers predicted failure, I suspect
they are building drama for when the inspector makes them tear it out in future
And where is this house located, anyway? I was staggerd by the asking prices
for the houses in the first episode. Plain little 1000 square foot homes that
would go for 60K here in northern Ohio were being marketed at
$500,000 - $7000,000.
My house (located in Massapequa Park, NY) is valued around there.
Really its a nothing special house. Its just the cost of living is
outragiously high. Basically around here we work to pay the mortgage.
I think its somewhere in Southern California. I see prices for those
fixer-uppers this high too in the Bay Area. Elsewhere you could build as low
as around for $50/ft but in the Bay Area its around $300/ft. plus the
ridiculous price for the land on top on it. If it has any kind of view, say
looking over the Golden Gate Bridge or some such, its in the millions just
for the developed lot. Good thing is property values are coming down
slightly during the last 3 months. Good show, give something to laugh at, or
not what to do or who not to hire.
The right fix would be to get another beam. I saw adams fix too and
I didnt understand the logic not getting the steel plate in there.
There are ways of cutting costs on construction, screwing around with a
load bearing beam isnt on of them though.
He's going to get flagged big time on that one. It should make for
some interesting drama in some future episode.
What drama? There's an old saying if you have a problem and you throw
money at it and it goes away, you don't have a problem - unless you
don't have the money. Obviously he has the money. It's more
entertaining to watch people screwing up, but even if they destroyed
the house and they had to knock it down, it's a drop in the bucket
compared to the amount of money the show will make for them.
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