Home Inspection Nightmares XIX
DIY quickly becomes "don't it yourself" when home inspectors uncover hairbrained construction and makeshift repairs. Fifteen more crazy discoveries, courtesy of the ASHI Reporter
This is a plumbing waste line that was capped off with a light bulb. Electrical tape is the only thing that holds it in place.
Cornerstone Inspection Services
All images courtesy of the ASHI Reporter
Turn the valve on to wash down the waste, and maybe you'll get a rinse in the process. Part bidet, part toilet! The best part is you can look directly up the basement stairs into the kitchen.
Seacoast Inspections, LLC
The owners of this one-year-old, slab-on-grade townhouse had moisture and excessive humidity issues in their first-floor bedroom. Gee, do you think the “zero” clearance might have something to do with the problem? Pictured here is the exposed end of the 4” concrete floor slab. You can imagine what happened when all that New England snow started melting and collecting against it. And yes, that's the gray vapor barrier and green sill seal sticking out, ensuring that surface water wicked under, over and into the finished interior floor!
Management Design Associates
This fireplace looked harmless enough in the living room, until the attic inspection. The layers of brick were turned any which way and most were barely buttered with mortar. Some holes were visible through to the chimney chase. The lower chase was narrow and then flared out toward the roof penetration.
Picture Perfect Inspections
Yes, this really is a service panel located inside a tub-shower.
John Scott Barnett
Home Rite, Inc.
Who needs an electrician? They charge too much. Just stick the bare wires into the female end of an extension cord, and don't worry about the sparks or the fire.
Advantage Home Inspections
Luckily, these windows were easy to shut so I did not get knocked on the head by the homeowner's precariously placed two-foot wrench, which I did not notice until after opening and closing them.
C. John Limongello
Land America Property Inspection Services
This potato is being used as a cap for an active gas line. Note that it did try to sprout.
Home Inspections By Dan Howard
This homeowner decided he would fix his dripping temperature pressure relief valve one way or another. A simple replacement would have probably taken as long as it took to get this rigged solution to work.
This is an HVAC register next to a cold air return. I doubt much cold air is getting into the return from that vantage point.
This is a boiler radiator found in a working fireplace. One way or another the room will get heated.
BG Home Inspection, LLC
This electric panel was found under the sink so it could be kept nice and clean (and wet!).
I found this in a corner of an old-timer's garage shop. The hose goes through the wall, apparently a homemade urinal.
Len Westra Home Inspections
Here is the reason you never want to let a plumber loose with a saw. This cut-through girder was carrying three floor loads and a roof load.
No need to vent the dryer to the outside. As long as you have this setup, you can just “strain” the lint from your dryer as it warms the laundry room.
Robert H. Conner, LLC
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