"This was a property built in the late 1940s by a guy who used to build barracks for the US Army. The home was sitting on metal I-beams and they were supported by large concrete piles. The home hasn't moved an inch since being built. Very interesting and impressive!"
"I am assuming a big rock fan lived down here!"
"A car jack used as a subfloor support underneath a home. Classic!"
"You know your hillside has significantly eroded when the concrete pad which was once embedded into the ground is now dangling a foot in the air."
"This is the result of a creeping hillside and shallow pile placement.
As the hillside slowly moves down or "creeps", the concrete piles, retaining walls and their footings begin to go down with it. This is why proper bearing material should be reached for all supporting systems on a hillside. Some places only require 5 feet down, others require 45+ feet down. It is imperative to get the proper depth!"
"We always seem to find very old but interesting items when working under homes in LA. Some stuff here dates back to the very early 1900s!"
"Almost all of the concrete piers under this home were in this condition. One solid kick and they would all be toast! They need a good replacement."
"We have inspected this home a few times. It's a vacant lot, currently up for sale.
It has been like this for quite some time and should somebody buy the property, they would be in for a nice replacement project.
Here's the side of the home where you can see a decently sized crack separating the failed and stable areas.
Nature is taking over where this retaining wall has cracked and displaced."
"This is one of those houses you don't want to be under for a very long time... All of the cripple walls and post and piers were tilting and the house was a solid wind gust away from collapsing. We really don't know how it didn't collapse in the last earthquake here in LA. There's one thing for sure, it probably will in the next one.
Here's one of the corners of the home. This place is a ticking time bomb."
"That old tree trunk seems to be the main support at this point."
"A post barely hanging on and probably not doing a very good job at supporting the subfloor. The soil in the back can be seen to be very high in clay content. This is also called expansive soil and is riddled across LA County."
""How do you know it's rotted?" This is how."
"This is a hillside deck supported by a few concrete piles with spall damage. It also appears that there were hollow spots after the poor and it was never repaired."
"No marble test needed on this one. Now that's some sloping floors."
"When we do soft-story retrofitting, we often add exploratory demo to our engineering phase. This ensures that we know exactly what needs to be done and how to engineer it. This is the reason why!"
"My man E.T. never made it home!"
"The heart of a termite den, once occupied by a colony of the little home destroyers."
"Strap the gap and that's a wrap. I made that up. Feel free to use it."
"It's gotten so bad that even the brick and cement patio is caving in where the once sturdy deck supports were."
"This is a massive crack in the middle of Route 95 in Nevada after the recent 6.5 magnitude earthquake."
"Some serious termite damage on a stud wall. No bueno!"
"This was an area of a hillside home that was not being retained by an actual retaining wall. There was a wooden fence holding back the stone and dirt and it eventually gave way when too much pressure built up. Neighbors said it sounded like gunshots when the nails started popping out of the fence as it fell."
"The stucco guy on this retrofit project called this "a done". I don't know about you, but that doesn't look like "a done" to me."
"Mother Nature will always win eventually. I'm no tree or electrical expert, but I assume this is a fire hazard."
"A few of the piles supporting this hillside deck are beginning to lean over, which will eventually cause some serious structural issues!"
"Luckily, all of these posts are treated but they all touch dirt!"
"The concept of cripple walls doesn't seem to penetrate some people's minds. If a decently size earthquake struck near here, the house would likely fall off the foundation."
"This is truly a roller coaster ride looking at this joist support. Who wants to take a guess at the cause?"
"Classic LA post and pier."