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  • John Edginton

DIY or Does uncle Bob really know what he is doing?

Updated: Apr 8, 2019


My mother used to say, "Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should." The picture shows a part of a roof truss where the home owner decided that they needed a clear area for storage in an attic and there was a part of the truss in the way. When a home is designed architects and engineers come together, figuratively, to come up with a home that is structurally sound. Years and years of testing and applied standards allow us to build houses that will stand for years in all sorts of weather conditions and stresses. The designs are approved "as is" and are constructed that way. Then, on occasion, a person with a Saws-all comes along and ignores the experts and does what ever they want. We may never know if this is significant to the strength of the house, however, I don't want to be the one who owns the home if it fails. Home inspectors are trained to look for these sorts of modifications and report them. The correction would involve a structural engineer doing calculations and coming up with a fix and then having a qualified contractor do the work. Five minutes of DIY work may mean hours of expert assessment, expensive repair. Think twice before having inexperienced unlicensed people do work that will cost more in the long run.

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