My Toll Experience

Missing Support Wall

1.  The plans for the house show two support walls upholding the rearmost of the two main support beams along the northern end of the house, but only one of the support walls was built – where the other should be, there is only empty space and a single metal column, clearly an afterthought, where the western end of the missing wall should be.  But because the wall above this column is a two-story weight-bearing wall, the metal post provides inadequate support.  This, too, undermines the structural integrity of the entire house.  (See Criterium-Lockatong Report and D'Alessio Report.)

2.  The structural integrity is further compromised by the fact that, where the rear support beam is set into the one support wall that does exist on the northern end, the beam is set into the pocket only 3” rather than the 6” required by code.  Because this wall is so overburdened as a result of the missing wall, it has already started to crack beneath the support beam.   According to two structural engineers who have seen the crack, when this wall gives way, the entire house will collapse with it.  (See Criterium-Lockatong Report, D'Alessio Report and photos.)

Toll’s expert, Harald Greve, insists that the missing support wall is not a problem, and that there is no danger of the wall collapsing.   

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