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Fender bender in the making?


One does not have to look very close to see that this wood support beam is very badly rotted.  We can also see where the bottom of the beam has been patched previously with a wood block the width of the support pier.

Rotten Trellis

The beam is rotted through and through to be precise.  I honestly think the paint is the only thing of any structural significance remaining---that and "habit."

One traversing squirrel, or heavy wet snow, might alter the habits of this trellis however.

It is time to remove the trellis and avoid the potential fender bender.

No dents yet

This is the tenant's vehicle---I wonder who is going to be liable for repairs if the trellis falls?



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Comment balloon 16 commentsCharles Buell • January 13 2012 11:01AM
Fender bender in the making?
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