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Home Inspection Nightmares XXVIII

Questionable structural supports, scary wiring, explosives in the attic, and more sketchy building practices found by the home inspectors in The ASHI Reporter

Bottlenecked

"I'm guessing that a beer bottle is not an approved duct-support system. This may show my age, but it looks like (from the bottle) that this was done on a weekend—the old commercial did say, 'weekends are made for Michelob.'"

Tim Hemm

Tim Hemm Inspections

Yucaipa, Calif.

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Keg Stand

"I always recommend Guinness kegs for girder support, as I assume that 'Tastes great, less filling' means Miller Lite kegs are not as strong."

Robert Galster

Pillar to Post/Cape May County

Woodbine, NJ

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Fireworks Finale

"I found an illegal firework next to a flying splice (a spliced wire not in a box, which is itself a fire hazard)."

Kevin Robinson

KR Home Inspection

Pacific Grove, Calif.

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Where There's Smoke There's Fire

"I guess someone was sneaking cigarettes and figured he or she would hide the butts somewhere where nobody would find them—like inside the electrical panel, where a fire could damage the whole house's system."

Tim Quinn

Pillar to Post – Pittsburgh

Monroeville, Pa.

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Precarious Party

"Recipe for disaster: Start with a vacation rental, add 2 margaritas, a bit of dark nighttime and a hot tub on a cantilevered and rail-free deck—seemingly built without adult supervision. Expect the hospital stay to be, oh, about 2 years."

Jason Gingery

View Point Inspections

Santa Cruz, Calif.

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Sure to Blow the Roof Off

"Look around those attics. You never know what you'll find. This WWII mortar shell was not marked 'inert,' so it was suspected live. The fire department was called, who called military specialists to remove it. It was found to be a dud, but the neighborhood was snarled for several hours."

John Dirks Jr.

Arundel Home Inspection, LLC

Severna Park, Md.

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Blows My Mind

"Excuse me, sir. Why do you have a box of explosives in your crawl space? And why is there a wire attached to it? Never mind, I'll be leaving now."

Dan Chapleski

True North Inspection Services

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

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Clean and Zappy

"This photo shows a live fuse box located next to a working kitchen sink. I can't believe this was ever legal."

Matthew Steger

WIN Home Inspection – Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown, Pa.

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Handyman's Special

"The inset photo is a sticker I saw on the seller's workshop door. It made me inspect twice as hard! The second photo speaks to his repair skills. The guy used a piece of hose instead of copper pipe on this supply line. When copper is in short supply, just cut up your garden hose!"

Mark Hatheway

Inside Out Home Inspections, LLC

East Hampton, Conn.

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That's Jacked Up!

"That's a bottle jack supporting the stairs."

David Grudzinski

Advantage Home Inspections

Cranston, R.I.

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The Band-Aid Fix

"What to do when the tile needs help? Go to the medicine cabinet for repair supplies."

David Grudzinski

Advantage Home Inspections

Cranston, R.I.

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Stepping It Up on the Weird Factor

"I encountered these milk crate stairs leading to a deck in Santa Cruz, Calif. This coastal town is known for its bumper stickers that say 'Keep Santa Cruz Weird.' It seems as if some of the locals are doing their part."

Brett Reeder

Compass Home Inspections, LLC

Campbell, Calif.

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Gusher

"This photo shows water shooting out of the wall behind the shower head. This might be the best 'action' photo I've ever taken."

Reuben Saltzman

Structure Tech Home Inspections

Maple Grove, Minn.

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Jarring Discovery

"This jar was being used to keep the rain off of an exposed electrical wire entering a house through the roof."

Scott Warga

American Construction Specialists & Investigations

Gilbert, Ariz.

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Ticking Time Bomb

"I guess this guy wanted to make sure he was not late for work each morning, though putting the electrical connection in the shower may mean one day he won't show up at all."

Kirk Bingenheimer

B-Sure Inspections LLC

Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

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More Than a Drop in the Bucket

"I guess hanging a bucket off the wall was easier and cheaper than fixing the roof."

Tim Hemm

Tim Hemm Inspections

Yucaipa, Calif.

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Quick! Hide the Meter!

"When you don't want to pay for gas service, just hide the meter from the gas company with some artful camouflage painting."

David Maudlin

Indy Pro Inspection Service, Inc.

Carmel, Ind.

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Testing, Testing…Is This Thing On?

"This gas fireplace found in a 6-year-old home still has the pressure test gauge from the original inspection screwed onto the gas line. The gas is on and the owners have lit a fire in here. It's lucky the house didn't blow up."

Darryl Rapp

Home-Probe Inc.

Atlanta, Ga.

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A Step in the Wrong Direction

"A bank appraiser stated the step to the cement pad was too high, so he wanted another step. A carpenter came and built another step. This is what was approved by the appraiser."

David Grudzinski

Advantage Home Inspections

Cranston, R.I.

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That's Not What They Mean When They Say "Green Roof"

"Front of house description: An exuberant, morbid outgrowth upon every part, especially the outside structure of the home (bottom of image). Top of the house (top of image): No, that's not the tree top, it's up on the house top. The roof inspection was quite interesting."

Kevin Stripling

Home Inspection Professionals

St. Clair Shores, Mich.

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