Started a new project today. She's gonna be a handful.
2 existing decks are involved, 2 new roofs, an exterior wall replacement including windows, doors, siding...all kinds of fun. And it all needs to get built, more or less, on top of the foundation of the 1st floor deck.
1 tiny problem: the existing 1st floor deck has the sags. Bad.
See the bubble in the level? It says we're level, right? It's not the best pic, but can you see the giant gap between the deck and the level?
What you can't see is this:
Left end of the level = sitting on the deck
Right end of the level = sitting on my pry bar, sitting on the deck.
Long story short, the deck is out of level by about a full inch over the length of the 4 foot level. Which means it's probably more like two inches out of level in the very middle of the deck.
This is not good. Want to see why the deck is so far out of whack?
Where do I start?
The double 2x10 beam that supports every single deck joist, well, it's spliced together, and it's not even a good splice by splicing standards.
The double 2x10 beam that supports every single deck joist, it's sitting on top of a brick (what you can't see is that only ONE of the 2x10s is actually sitting on the brick).
The double 2x10 beam that supports every single deck joist, it's not fastened to the concrete pier - at the midpoint of the beam - below it in any way, shape or form. So everything's free to move as it pleases, and over almost 30 years, things have moved. A lot.
Whoever built this gets a "C" for effort and a you-need-to-go-back-about-4-grade-levels for results. No sense in building on top of this construction sh*t show, so tomorrow will start with trying to make this situation exponentially better, and infinitely more solid.