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Wow, had some fun today.

Brand new home, finished in September.

Shot inside the bathroom upstairs - notice the two symmetrical cracks at the left and right hand side of the room.

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Right hand side of the room.

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Left hand side of the room.

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Close up of the cracks on one side.

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Exterior, front of home. Bathroom is the very top, center of the home - the little dormer / cupola looking thing.

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I think I've got some pretty good ideas what's happening.

Anyone wanna guess?

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Thought I'd get some more takers on this one.

The cracks in the photos are the largest I've seen in 8 years, old OR new homes.

Anyway, my best theory I explained to the client was that the box structure of the bathroom that created the dormer wasn't framed or secured adequately to the roof trusses / structure.

Our recent wind storms (record winds around 70 mph or so 3 weeks ago) probably have started to lift that box right off the house.

I saw it happen on a very high end home last year. The high winds actually blew a large wood framed chimney chase right off the top of the home. The builder had simply toenailed the chimney 'box' right to the tops of the trusses. I didn't research it myself (it was a friend's home) but my friend informed me that the builder was not liable - there are no requirements for attaching these things to a building. They can be fastened anyway the builder chooses.

I'm betting that's what's happening in these photos.

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