There are so many shows on telly and other tubes about houses, restoration, renovations, and so on, that I don’t expect to see some of the things I see.
Looking at houses for sale, looking at how people do nice stuff to make their homes attractive, and the things that stick out to me aren’t the good things.
Especially if they lay the timber decking upside down.
Maybe I should ask the people who own the house/s if they understand what happens to wood when it has channels to hold water and dust and muck? Do they think those ridges make it easier to sweep, walk on, stain? They don’t. That’s not the purpose of the ridges. They don’t stop a person slipping. They don’t look good or make it easy to do anything.
Unless you’re a termite. They love it when people put the decking in upside down.
This is a picture of what the timber on a deck should look like. It has the grooves on the underside, so the air can move between the decking and the supports.
Don’t put it in upside down, and sack any builder/handy-hand who tries to do it!
I’ve done a few renovations, a few builds, a few dozen repairs (hundreds, even). Oh, and I’ve inspected dozens of houses before I buy the one I’m happy to live in, but if they have anything that even looks like the person didn’t have a clue about what they did (you know, half tiles near the wall that have two inches of grout, upside-down timber on the deck, window sills that don’t have a slope, gutters you could cut for hay, that sort of thing. Oh, and trees in the wrong places).
For owners of houses who don’t know how things happen, use the internet to find out how to save yourself a not-too-far-in-the-future problem. Termites can destroy your home. Putting in decks with timber that’s upside down could cost the whole house.
Insurance doesn’t cover termite damage — they call it a lack of maintenance (tree damage could also fall under this definition if the tree is in the wrong place or overgrown).
Don’t get caught. Put the flat side of the timber facing up, make it easier to clean, stain, seal, etc., and keep the termites out of your home.
What brought it on? My niece bought a house, sent me pics. The roofline is sagging, the support beam for the used-to-be-two-rooms now-a-big-lounge-room is missing (I can tell because the wall and floor and ceiling are now misshapen and two windows have dipped at one end), and it has a front veranda and a back deck with the timber laid upside down. Said it was there for the wheelchair of the previous owner.
I asked if she was out of time for reneging on/pulling out of the contract.
They moved in six weeks ago. Out of time to ditch the lemon.
I sent her the contact details of a good pest inspector, who also does structural inspections.
With a bit of luck, she’ll still have a roof over her head tomorrow/next week.