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Collapsed carport, need someone to rip it down.

By Shanski_0 1 February 2012 36

car port collapse

Hi Rioters…

Just before Christmas our carport fell down.. it it quite a mess!

We are renting, so we are helping our landlord chase up builders, demolisher’s and whoever else we can contact.

The main issue is, Everyone she has contacted has been closed for Christmas, and only 1 builder has gotten back to her…

I’ve decided my partner and I can help pay, and be reimbursed by the LL (If she will accept this)… So does anyone have any recommendations who we can use?? anyone we should avoid?? It’s been a month, We’ve had a few windy days, and it’s starting to move a little… I’m worried about it moving more, or some debris flying off and damaging other houses…

collapsed carport

collapsed carport

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RedDogInCan 9:55 pm 02 Feb 12

EvanJames said :

useful wood there, probably oregon.

That’s why it collapsed. Oregon is not a suitable timber for structural use where it exposed to the weather.

The trusses are probably hardwood though – better than the pine rubbish used these days and probably worth salvaging.

Sandman 4:58 pm 02 Feb 12

I can’t really see it doing damage to the house if it hasn’t already. Brick walls usually take a fair bit to move them and in this case removing the tiles and then cutting the timbers away reasonably close to the house should be pretty safe. I’d offer to come do it for a couple hundred bucks but I don’t have my own insurance or anything. I mostly do this sort of stuff in order to get materials for my own projects.

Suprised the firemen didn’t offer to run a chainsaw through the timber to get it down on the ground. Looks as though the property around it isn’t fenced and any kid off the street could walk under there. I guess they have to look at the legal side of things, especially as you aren’t the owners.

thatsnotme 4:37 pm 02 Feb 12

It’s kinda hard to tell from the photo…but how is it attached to the house? It hasn’t damaged the brickwork when it’s come down has it?

As for who to call, I’d be leaving builders out of it, and searching through general home maintenance providers. The only one I’m aware of is Jim’s Building Maintenance, but even looking through the services guide at the back of the Chronicle should give you a few other names.

If the brickwork is in any way damaged by it though, you may need more specialised people to come in and look at it – and building insurance would definitely come into the equation. If there’s any chance that pulling this thing down could cause more damage, I’d be passing this back to the home owners to sort out. The last thing you want is for you to be somehow linked with more damage to the house.

Postalgeek 2:48 pm 02 Feb 12

Whatever you decide to do, I would think about doing it soon.

It looks like you’ve got an exposed gas line under that carport.

metal 2:35 pm 02 Feb 12

NoImRight said :

metal said :

Shanski_0 said :

… Im too short to reach the ones on the roof still… i’ve moved the ones on the ground though!

Its called a ladder and we all have to buy one eventually…

Why dont you just go around and do it for them since you are so awesome?

OP has said she doesnt have the time or ablilty to do it. Let it go.Suggest someone who can help or move on.

I did suggest that it is unlikely that a professional builder is likely to take this on – and that it is likely that this will only get done through cash job. And, I get the feeling that the OP just needs some encouragement to get in there and get her hands dirty. She has already said she has moved some tiles – so she is 1/4 way there!

Ex Warrior 2:20 pm 02 Feb 12

I’ll do it for a grand, get back to me

NoImRight 2:11 pm 02 Feb 12

metal said :

Shanski_0 said :

… Im too short to reach the ones on the roof still… i’ve moved the ones on the ground though!

Its called a ladder and we all have to buy one eventually…

Why dont you just go around and do it for them since you are so awesome?

OP has said she doesnt have the time or ablilty to do it. Let it go.Suggest someone who can help or move on.

metal 1:52 pm 02 Feb 12

Shanski_0 said :

… Im too short to reach the ones on the roof still… i’ve moved the ones on the ground though!

Its called a ladder and we all have to buy one eventually…

metal 1:49 pm 02 Feb 12

Shanski_0 said :

metal said :

c’mon…are you telling me you cant grab a few easily reachable tiles off that wreck and stack them in a pile?

If i was living there I would’ve had that thing down, with the tiles stacked into a trailer within a weekend.

Then I would be handing the landlord an invoice for Tip fees and $1000 labour….

… Im too short to reach the ones on the roof still… i’ve moved the ones on the ground though!

I dont want to do it myself, Incase we damage the house, as I said before. I’d rather someone with insurance do it so if anything does go wrong , it is covered.

fair enough you don’t want to do it yourself. You shouldn’t have to either. But it also sounds like nobody else wants to do it either. I’m pretty sure this job would only get done through a cash job/favour.

You are worried about damaging the house? Almost ironic that you are worried about damaging the house when part of the house you are paying for has collapsed in out itself. I don’t see any surrounding buildings or houses (besides the wall of your house) anywhere near the carport.

Shanski_0 1:41 pm 02 Feb 12

metal said :

c’mon…are you telling me you cant grab a few easily reachable tiles off that wreck and stack them in a pile?

If i was living there I would’ve had that thing down, with the tiles stacked into a trailer within a weekend.

Then I would be handing the landlord an invoice for Tip fees and $1000 labour….

… Im too short to reach the ones on the roof still… i’ve moved the ones on the ground though!

I dont want to do it myself, Incase we damage the house, as I said before. I’d rather someone with insurance do it so if anything does go wrong , it is covered.

metal 1:33 pm 02 Feb 12

c’mon…are you telling me you cant grab a few easily reachable tiles off that wreck and stack them in a pile?

If i was living there I would’ve had that thing down, with the tiles stacked into a trailer within a weekend.

Then I would be handing the landlord an invoice for Tip fees and $1000 labour….

EvanJames 12:23 pm 02 Feb 12

I doubt a builder would be interested in this job, it’s a demo. If you could find a way to get the rest of it to collapse onto the ground, you could pretty easily (or get someone in, labourer) pick off the tiles and stack them for re-use, bash apart the ceiling battens and roof beams, useful wood there, probably oregon. Even for burning. Building the new carport is a separate issue to pulling down this one.

Funky1 11:48 am 02 Feb 12

Looking at the photos, it’s going to be much more than an afternoon with a few mates and a slab of beer type of job. One also assumes it’s to be replaced once the exisiting one is cleaned up.

Have you tried contacting the HIA (Housing Industry Assoc) to see if they can recommend a reliable registered builder who may specialise in tiled carports. If done as one job then they should be able to salvage some of the materials (especially the tiles) from the current structure.

Shanski_0 10:50 am 02 Feb 12

1337Hax0r said :

I love how you’re still using it to store your bins under.
Yeah, wait for a windy day to retrive the bins, when shit falls on you, sue the pants off the land lord.

The photos were taken the day it fell.. The bins are now out from under it.. The lovely firemen saved them for us.

Postalgeek 10:44 am 02 Feb 12

Just remember being an arsehole goes two ways. If you want to go all rabidly contractual on your landlord, don’t expect them to cut you an ounce of slack in return, and that final inspection will be proctological.

Like others have said, it would be wise not to sink your own money into the property. But as long as you’re not out of pocket, I don’t see any problem with a co-operative approach. The landlord sounds like a family down on its luck while trying to invest in their future.

Maybe suggest that they hire a trailer and chainsaw, source some labour on gumtree.com.au or all classifieds, and cart off what can’t salvaged and use for the replacement car port to the tip. At least that way the hazard is removed. Up to you whether a carport is a deal breaker.

That gives the landlord time to source a builder and get things under control again. Christmas and January is a shite time to get anything done.

1337Hax0r 10:29 am 02 Feb 12

I love how you’re still using it to store your bins under.
Yeah, wait for a windy day to retrive the bins, when shit falls on you, sue the pants off the land lord.

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