CTA - BG - Testimonials 1
I was called in to conduct a pre-purchase building inspection on a high set timber framed Queenslander in Maryborough only to find some burnt out rafters in the roof space just above the ceiling access opening (the man hole) in the kitchen . The owner was amazed as he only purchased the house 12 months earlier and there was no mention of this damage in the pre-purchase building report he received from another inspector when he purchased the house, subsequently the new buyer did not go ahead with the purchase.
The owner contacted the inspector who prepared the report for him and questioned him about the burnt out the damage and the inspector confessed he did not look into the ceiling space and did not inspect any of the roof framing or anything else in the roof space because of the height of the ceilings and difficulty to access the ceiling access opening. The inspector, to get himself out of trouble volunteered to repair the damage so next time he had a buyer the sale would go ahead, the owner agreed on the condition that I could re-inspect the work when completed, the inspector agreed.
My re-inspection after the repair had been completed found the damaged rafters had not been replaced but instead had a small cleat (piece of timber) nailed to their side in an attempt to stiffen the burn out timber. I reported to the owner that the repair was not carried out in a professional manner and was inadequate and future pre-purchase inspection could also fail. The original inspector through the owner then asked my how to repair the damage, keep in mind this inspector has the same qualifications and license as myself.
I instructed the original inspector that new rafters will need to be installed along the full length of the damaged rafters bearing on the top plat of the wall up to the ridge line, as per normal construction methods, this he did satisfying building elements basic requirements.