Re: Cracked basement wall
If the crack was patched several years ago, and there's no evidence of foundation movement, you can be fairly confident that there will be no more settling issues. However, the foundation may be weakened, and only an experienced contractor, inspector, or engineer can assess that.
On the other hand, if it's obvious that the foundation has been moving recently, then you can count on performing structural repairs.
Either way, this should be noted in an independent inspector's report.
(Just what you wanted. A no-answer answer.)
P.S. -- If foundation work is necessary, whether or not to consider buying this house depends on how much you would be willing to spend on it.
Last edited by Fencepost; 03-17-2009 at 08:02 PM.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.