I have a residential property. New construction. 10ft basement walls, 10" thick, reinforced. It appears they placed the walls as much as 4 to 5 inches over the height of the wall out of plumb. All of the out of plumb is the walls tipping out at the top. What is the line where we say we have a structural instability based purely on out of plumbness? I have seen the Kern value used 1/6 of the width of the wall. I know if the centroid is outside of the wall it is really bad. I'm guessing the numbers will check since the wall is reasonably reinforced to meet code required loads. My real question is what do you tell a potential buyer about the situation. The numbers work so you have no right to complain? It is just more likely to crack and have issues. Does anyone have a drop dead out of plumbness and reference I can use to require them to do something? Any thoughts on other ways to reinforce or help besides the standard steel tube behind the wall reinforcement? Are the tubes worth installing knowing the wall is just as likely to crack and have water issues? Is it just a waste of time. Being it is new construction I really don't like the situation for my client the potential buyer, but don't know if much will legitimately help with any reinforcement.
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