While demolishing a terribly built family room addition earlier this month (it had pulled away from the original house and was sinking), it occurred to me that there were at least 10 things whomever built it had screwed up. David Letterman is famous for his top ten lists and hence the connection.
10. Galvanized metal fittings connected to copper fittings
(Dissimilar metals cause chemical reaction & leaks)
9. Unprotected copper water pipe encased in concrete
(Concrete causes copper to corrode & leak)
8. No base sheet beneath top ply of roof covering
(No protection for plywood deck & a leak waiting to happen)7. Wood beam in direct contact with concrete post
(Moisture in concrete will cause wood to rot)
6. No wire mesh or fibers in concrete & no footers
(The reason why the concrete was cracked & walls sinking)
5. No rebar dowels embedded in slab
(Block walls unattached to slab - pushed over by hand)
4. Windows fastened to walls with just lots of caulking
(Windows could have blown out in a hurricane)
3. Stucco applied to wood - no tar paper/wire lath
(Stucco severely cracked and wood beneath was rotted)
2. Electrical wires encased in poured concrete columns
(Electrical Code violation and fire hazard)
1. One end of roof supported only by a 2"x2" wood strip
(It's amazing the roof had not collapsed yet)
Now that I'm carried away with top ten lists, enjoy the following two articles containing more of them.
Till next month...