safety glass can be difficult to spot
It has several large windows on the floor and the buyer\'s house inspector said the glass was not made of safety glass.
Thinking of how much it would cost to upgrade them, I shudder and hope the inspector may be mistaken.
How do I determine if I really have a problem?
A: windows installed within 18 inch of the floor are generally required to be tempered safety glass.
In most cases, the tempered window can be verified by etching a faint label to one corner of each pane.
The home inspector for your buyer will most likely not be able to find this label.
The marks can be very slight for some windows and one has to look very carefully to see them.
In a custom home, tempered glass may be specially ordered for surface reasons and there is no safety sign.
In this case, the evaluation of professional glass installers is necessary to determine the state of the material.
Usually, due to the hot process of Glass Tempering, there are subtle irregularities on the edge of the glass.
Safety glass can also be verified using a polarized lens, but this also requires expertise.
If your windows should prove to be untempered flat glass, they can be upgraded to ensure safety by applying a clear Mela film, which is more commonly used to color the windows.
This method is not as effective as tempered glass in preventing damage, but is still a major upgrade to traditional unprotected Windows.
To be on the safe side, upgrade the deck railing instead of CodeQ: our deck is about 20 years old and has 12-inch-
There are wide openings on the guardrail.
Now we are selling the property and the buyer wants us to reduce the space according to the new building specification.
According to our neighbor, a licensed contractor, the railing was constructed in accordance with the specifications at the time of construction and therefore not subject to mandatory changes.
Is he right, or do we need to change the orbital space?
A: The requirements affecting safety railings have experienced a gradual evolution in recent years.
Before 1979, the fence spacing is completely unregulated.
Then, with the promulgation of nine standards, the first one came into effect.
In 1985, the allowable opening was reduced to 6 inch, and in 1993, the maximum spacing of 4 inch became the rule and remained valid.
The reason for these changes is to make sure that it is unlikely that children will pass through the space on the high railing.
Why are these code changes made step by step instead of making a logical adjustment to the child Code
Proving scale is a challenge to common sense, but it is also typical of bureaucratic practice.
As for your obligations as a seller, there is no requirement for an existing security railing upgrade.
If buyers prefer to comply with current standards, the upgrade should be at their expense after hosting.
But no matter who pays for the improvement, the value of child safety clearly exceeds the issue of strict compliance with the code.
If the height of your deck poses a significant hazard, it is strongly recommended to modify the railing, although the building is aging or may apply a specification.
The water heater pot may not be practical. My home was built on a cement board and the water heater is located in a closet in the lobby.
The buyer said that there should be a metal pan under the water heater to prevent damage when leaking.
It seems to me that it doesn\'t seem necessary to have an overflow pan, as one can only hold about 2 gallons of water.
If a serious leak occurs, the pot will simply overflow, causing damage to the interior of the house.
What do you recommend in this case?
A: overflow pan for water heater (
Commonly known as \"smitty\" pot)
Is desirable, but not required by the code.
Therefore, the demand of your buyer may be a little excessive.
Even if a pot is needed, it may not be practical to install it at home.
Smitty pan should be connected to three-quarter-
Provide an inch pipe for drainage to the outside of the building.
In your home, external drainage may not be possible due to the location of the concrete slab and the water heater.
If the buyer is sure that a pot is needed, maybe they should try to install a pot after taking possession of the property.
Paint loft could be a sign of early FireQ: I\'m buying an old house that has been remodeled.
My home inspector reported that the interior of the attic had been painted but could not explain why someone would paint the rough frame.
Maybe I\'m too cautious, but I can\'t help but wonder if the seller is hiding something.
Do you have any ideas about this?
A: The Painted Attic usually means that at some point in the past, the building has been damaged by fire.
After the roof fire, replacing the damaged building parts is the standard repair mode.
However, there are usually some wooden components that are only scorched on their surface, not damaged by the structure.
As long as their condition does not endanger the overall strength of the roof, these are usually left in place.
But the burning remains on the surface of the wood can penetrate into the building with smoke.
To eliminate this undesirable side effect, the interior of the attic is usually painted, not to cover up fire damage, but to simply wrap the aroma of campfire.
If the frame in the attic shows evidence of physical damage, further evaluation is required.
If the roof structure consists of a truss rather than a raf Sub, special attention should be paid to the steel nails at the connection of the frame.
Steel nails are metal plate perforated plates used to connect each truss member.
Sheet metal is particularly vulnerable to damage in the heat of the roof fire.
If the seller is aware of a fire, this should be disclosed to you.
To learn about any fire, please contact the local fire department for a copy of the original fire report.
The door on the basement steps could lead to MishapQ: Recently I did a family check when I was 50year-old home.
Checking some of the items in the report seems trivial to me, but shocking to the buyer.
Some of these conditions are part of the charm of the old house and I don\'t feel like it should be included in the required repair list.
For example, the door in the basement swings at the top of the stairs, which, according to the inspector, is not safe.
As long as I live here, no one is hurt on these steps.
Is there any guidelines for this situation?
A: unsafe construction conditions do not guarantee that someone will be injured.
This is a question of opportunity.
But a door on the stairs increases the likelihood of an eventual accident.
This does not mean that you need to repair, but buyers and sellers should know when this situation exists.
In some cases, the arrangement of this door can cause personal injury.
Usually, the door at the top of the steps is opened by the number one when it is not appropriate
1. there is no invisible person.
2 Zoom steps.
After receiving a face full of doors, the unsuspecting climber suddenly turned into a rapidly declining body.
To avoid this, the building code now requires that the doors at the top of the stairs do not swing in the direction of the steps, unless there is an approved stair platform.
Compliance is not mandatory in old buildings, but compliance is strongly recommended.