06:21AM | 04/14/01
Member Since: 03/15/01
3 lifetime posts
I'm having a home built by a large, nationwide home builder. The basement was just put in and I saw something I've never seen wood on the INSIDE and OUTSIDE of the wall...encased in the concrete wall.

The wood appears to be 2x4's running vertically with the "short" edge exposed. I saw this in two locations (one on the inside and one on the outside of the wall). These ARE NOT near a window or the walk out basement door.....they're just in the middle of the wall.

What are these for? Expansion? I'm really worried about the exposed wood on the outside of the wall...won't this end up rotting?


04:04AM | 04/16/01
Member Since: 01/28/01
171 lifetime posts
Definitely badger the builder on this. Maybe they form a opening for a pipe or other permanent fixture. They will rip out the wood to run whatever-it-is in the concrete. Yes the wood will rot. And, since there's less concrete in the wall at that point, it weakens the wall.

It's your mega-buck purchase. Don't give in until you understand and agree with the answers you get. Be quite willing to go up the company ladder to be satisfied.



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