Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)

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It Should Be More Than Just a Piece of Wood

I would say that, about half the time, the door on a crawl space is inadequate. There is nothing particularly unusual about the arrangement below.

The problem, if one thinks about it, is pretty obvious. First, the various flaps of wood are touching the ground so they are rotting. That condition is conducive to attracting wood destroying insects as well. After that, how about all the gaps and openings. It is not uncommon to have rodents under manufactured homes, at least in my experience. And when they have this kind of access, you can figure they will move in. And, based on the gaps here, you might get raccoons, possums, skunks, cats. Who knows? It is a common sense matter that is commonly not figured into the overall scheme of things.

Steven L. Smith

Bellingham WA Home Inspections

Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 20 commentsSteven L. Smith • July 25 2009 11:25AM

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Steven, crawl spaces are scary places. Looks like this one would be easy to cover up.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Chartwell Kansas City Realty) about 9 years ago

That can't be good. I saw one last year that was fiberglass with a latching, locking door knob. It was really slick looking.

Posted by Terry Miller, Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator (Miller Homes Group) about 9 years ago

OOps!!! Me thinks that someone forgot to do something...

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Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 9 years ago

The do-it-yourselfers are really creative.  I assume that is a half wash tub that is neatly cut.  I think he wanted some critters to get in and some critters to not get in.

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) about 9 years ago

I hardly ever see a crawl space over here in CT and I am quite happy about that!  Check out this entry to a crawl space I inspected not to long ago. The only thing over the opening was a thin piece of plywood.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 9 years ago

If there are rats, hopefully the cats will hear them and move in too...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Mr James,

If you would like to learn from an ACE, I can be on your doorstep Federal Express by Tuesday morning.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Howdy there Steven and Nutsy

Crawl spaces sure are a lot of fun to go in to. I had one to go in to last year, that there was only about 4" between me a and the subflooring of the manufactured home, that I was inspecting. The subflooring was just about all rotted out. My client was non to happy about what I found under there.

Sorry I ain't been by before now, been working on writing Hyper-Local posts. And the looks of the posts them selves.

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Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 9 years ago

Nutsy, I will have the crawl space lubricant ready and waiting when you arrive.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 9 years ago

Mr James,

The boss is telling me that he wants me to start traversing all furnace ducts and vents. So I am wondering if that special lubricant might be something I should carry in my tool belt for this kind of job below.

Your buddy,

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Steve - So, what did you find when you crawled into that crawled into that space? 

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) about 9 years ago

Nutsy, In order to use the special lubricant you have to pass a training and certification course of which I'm the only instructor.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 9 years ago

Mr James,

That is so exciting. Can I wear my lemon outfit?

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Howdy there Steven and Nutsy

Nutsy - I don't think you, should be going to visit Mr. James. It looks as if he's only up to no good.

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Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 9 years ago

Mr Dale,

He says he would grease me up and it would make my crawling around easier.

Nutsy

 

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Howdy Steven and Nutsy

But Nutsy did you take a real close look at, what Mr. James wants to put on you? Its not at all a lubricant, its Tabasco sauce. Do you know what thats used for?

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Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 9 years ago

Mr Dale,

He says it lubes me up for crawling in tight places. No?

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Mr James also says that I should learn electric wiring. He suggested I get going by getting familiar with electric panels. He said I should slather on some of that sauce and then grab on where he put the arrows. Mr James is my friend and looks out for me. He says it will be more fun than a fish fry.

Nutsy

 

 

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Howdy there Steven and Nutsy

Nutsy little friend! that there Tabasco sauce, that folks puttes on some things they are going to eat.

Nutsy stop and think, just what would happen to you, if you grab a hold of those wires if you were all wet with water?

I do think Mr. James is wanting to is fryed Nutsy! Your to fine of a helpper to Mr. Steven, to let or have that happen to you!

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Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 9 years ago

Mr Dale,

That makes two of us who do not want to see anything happen to Nutsy. Thanks for the sage advice on the devious mind of that Nasty Mr James.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 9 years ago

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