Balancing Act

While Pacific Coast Inspections was looking under a Cupertino house, the home inspector observed several support posts in the crawlspace, which were out of plumb (not straight up and down).post leaning cupertino 3

The structural engineer said it was probably due to the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. Mother Nature can be gentle, or She can be a little rough at times.

In years past, support posts were toe-nailed to the wood block in the concrete pier and to the beam above being supported. Take a closer look at the photo… It appears that no nails were used.

Today’s building requirements call for steel brackets to secure the post in position, so when the earth shakes, the support system under houses remains intact.

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