a derelict furnace in such bad condition the owner kicks it to make it work at all
Photo: Matthew Merlino
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This One's the Kicker

This had to be the worst inspection I've ever done. A lender referred me to a woman who was looking to get a loan to purchase the house she's renting from her father. When asked if this jerry-rigged oil-fired radiant furnace was in operation, the client said, and I quote, "Lately, it only works when I come down and kick it." She proceeded to kick it into submission. There are holes in the venting system and at the burn chamber door. I just looked at her blankly—at a loss for words.

Matthew Merlino
Homeworks Inspection Services, LLC
Boise, Idaho
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