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Wood Embedded in Poured Concrete Foundation

ColoradoOutdoors's picture

Hello!

I am in the process of buying a home built in 1997.  There is 1 issue that I would like some thoughts on.

1)  What is the purpose of the wood that is embedded in the poured foundation concrete?  Does it present any maintenance concers?  When I did some googling, I came across this thread from a 1907 home:

http://forums.finehomebuilding.com/break...

Here is another picture, where I circled the areas in red:

I will upload pictures!  Thanks in advance!

My guess is it was left over (post #215615, reply #1 of 5)

My guess is it was left over from the forms they used to pour the foundation and it should not really be there.

Worst case is it is going to be a freeway for termites into your house.

Greg

I can't tell where the wood (post #215615, reply #2 of 5)

I can't tell where the wood is in the photos.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

I added an additional image (post #215615, reply #3 of 5)

I added an additional image where I circled the areas in Red.

More than likely it was used (post #215615, reply #4 of 5)

More than likely it was used to push the dowels from the footer and rebar tied to it away from the form for clearance. Unless it was evenly spaced then it could be chamfer used as a control joint but that is always removed. Cant tell what size the wood is from the picture. 90% sure it was to move the rebar in.

Those are nailers. They were (post #215615, reply #5 of 5)

Those are nailers. They were put there so something could be installed over the concrete and nailed to them. If you dig one out it will be tapered to hold it in place.

Florida Licensed Building Contractor, 50 years experience in commercial remodeling, new homes, home remodeling and repairs and all types building maintenance.