Home Inspection Nightmares XVI
The latest "home improvement" gaffs and laughs, brought to you by the intrepid home inspectors of the ASHI Reporter
This photo was taken from under a kitchen sink with a drain that takes the scenic route. I call it Creative Plumbing 101. "Joe the Plumber" comes to mind, too. Terry McCann
Harbor Light Inspection Services
Sagamore Hills, Ohio
Let's see—that extension cord goes to? Hmm...I wonder why it's arcing? LOL.Cliff Sims
All City Inspections
El Cajon, Calif.
The client asked me why the deck was shaky. I think this unique support system—corner post resting on an unsecured 2x12—has something to do with it.Randall Smith
Summit Home Inspection
I found this garage door spring being tortured under the strain of a low-hanging cast-iron drain pipe. I hope the homeowner got a good deal on the installation fee.Russell Poe
Good Cents Home Inspection
Forget copper pipes and secure fixtures! If you want an outdoor spigot, all you need to do is string a hose out a hole in the wall and attach. Now, that's what I call a hose bib! Daryl Gage
HomePro Inspection Services
When I flushed the toilet, it made a growling noise.
I pulled the the tank top and discovered someone had used an old grocery bag to repair the fill valve. I guess he couldn't afford the $1.99 repair kit.Timothy Hemm
Eagle Home Inspections
Here is another handyman's idea of recycling a plastic two-liter Coke bottle. It's being used as part of the water heater flue pipe. Chuck Evans
Complete Property Inspections, LLC
This shower was called out as a safety issue, as it had exterior floodlights in it.Mike Tomash
Tomash Professional Home Inspection, LLC
This garage door almost took my head off at an inspection. Only one wheel kept it from completely falling.John Limongello
Land America Property Inspection Services
This is an automotive fuse wired into the internal wiring for a furnace. Can anyone identify if the furnace is a Ford or a Chevy?Max Curtis
This is a leopard-print attic access panel. The room even had cover plates to match.Susan Walker
Walker Inspection Service, LLC
This is a photo of an illegal bypass at an electrical service that had the meter removed for non payment. The homeowner figured out a way to bypass the system and not pay his delinquent bill or a reconnect charge.Ric Davis
Davis Inspection Services, LLC
A normal part of the aging process on 3-tab asphalt shingles is the loss of granules and curling. In this case, the homeowner "stapled" the edges down with a standard office stapler. They look nicer from the street! Robert E. Lee
General Home Inspections, Inc.
I usually do not inspect fencing around the back yard, but when they used the wrong size nails to attach all the wood slats and they protruded over an inch, I felt like I was deep-sea fishing and wanted to hang up a few red snappers.Brandon Dyles
Picture Perfect Inspections
The ceiling of this room in the basement should stay nice and warm with two heat vents, a return air vent and a ceiling fan to keep the heat swirling up high. The rest of the room, not so warm.Kevin Hawes
Assured Home Inspections
This is a seller's installation of a direct-vent water tank. A dry vent is not eh same as a water-tank vent, and you certainly need more distance from the house and protection around the siding. The flue pipe was so hot, he's lucky the house didn't burn down.Ron Cook
Close-Up Home Inspections
Here is a DIY-forced hot air return duct using a dryer duct and tape in place of metal parts.Bob Mulloy
Allsafe Home Inspection Service, Inc.
East Bridgewater, Mass.
Maybe this is a crippled eave and needs a crutch for
All City Inspections
El Cajon, Calif.
All this rust running down the sides of this water heater means there just might be something blocking the moist exhaust gases from getting out the chimney. Richard Aiello
I-Spy Home Inspection LLC
Attached is a picture of a pier that came up short. That's not a problem. We'll just look around and see what we can find to make up the difference. A couple of bricks ought to do it. Rod Harrison
Christian Building Inspectors, Inc.
This is a photo from a "Model T" house—reminds me of the days when you had to crank your house to start it up.Thomas J. Sansone
National Property Inspections
This disconnected furnace flue caused massive moisture damage to the attic space. Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections
St. Louis Park, Minn.
Maybe they should have waited a little longer before deciding to run a new service wire. The tree had grown completely around the old one.Karl Spitzer
Pillar To Post