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Home Inspection Nightmares IX

Another installment in the wild and weird world of home inspection, from our friends at the ASHI Reporter

Stack 'em up

Photo by Warren E. Casey

If you can't bend metal conduit, just use a few extra junction boxes!

Warren E. Casey

Your Home Inspection Co.

Marengo, Ill.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Dual heating system

Photo by Michael Marosok

This is a wood stove on top of another heater—vented together—on top of a totally combustible parquet floor. You can't see it in the photo, but there is a sign nearby advertising this as a "high-efficiency economical heating system." There is so much wrong with this installation that all I could do was laugh.

Michael Marosok

Weber Home Inspection Services

Marine on the St. Croix, Minn.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Keep me in the dark

Photo by Calvin Bolt

I was doing a phase inspection on a new home and I found four water lines touching the light fixture! In this case, DON'T leave the light on for me!! (There is no municipal inspection system in this county.)

Calvin Bolt

Home and Environmental Inspections

Warsaw, Ind.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

This design is all wet

Photo by Matt Fisher

This is an unaltered (I swear) photo of a "freshly remodeled bathroom" that I found on a recent inspection. Finding a window in a shower stall is fairly common in old homes around here. The outlet in the shower is not so common but it might come in handy if the in-laws overstay their welcome. What I found completely unacceptable is the toilet paper dispenser in the shower; nothing good could come of that!

Matt Fisher

Sherlock Homes Inspection Service Inc.

Bloomington, Ind.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Crash of rain

Photo by Aaron Mayer

Drum manufacturers make cymbals from brass because it sounds cool, not because it's great for diverting rainwater so it doesn't flow down to basement doors. Rock on, dude!

Aaron Mayer

Housewarming Home Inspections

St. Louis, Mo.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Crawl space calamity

Photo by Mark Bishton

Here's a photo of a crawl space with a drywalled ceiling and old fuse panel that clearly used to be a finished room on a basement foundation. Wonder how the floor got so high. I told my client that the ceiling just needed a coat of paint. NOT!

Mark Bishton

Benchmark Home Services, Inc.

Bloomfield, Ind.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Brace yourself!

Photo by Randy Peterson

This is from a house I inspected in Phoenix, Ariz. The entire house had "home-made" gussets made from plywood rectangles. Metal triangles might have strengthened those joints a little better.

Randy Peterson

RSP Inspections

Peoria, Ariz.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

All tied up

Photo by Robin Thomas

Sometimes we inspectors have to go into rough neighborhoods. Often, there are clues.

Robin Thomas

R. Thomas & Company Home Inspections

Raleigh, N.C.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Luxury living, part I

Photo by Chris Munro

In this house, the kitchen facilities were functional...

Chris Munro

Peak Inspections, Inc.

Sandpoint, Idaho

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Luxury living, part II

Photo by Chris Munro

...but the bathroom could use some improvements.

Chris Munro

Peak Inspections, Inc.

Sandpoint, Idaho

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Coincidence?

Photo by Nelson Broce

At a vacant house under foreclosure, I found this partially melted paint bucket behind a wood stove with a cracked back panel. You don't think they could be related...Nah!

Nelson Broce

Desert State Iome Inspections

Cave Creek, Ariz.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Nesting instincts

Photo by Hans Peters

This domicile was not part of my inspection; however I thought the builder should be complimented for good site selection and creative use of available materials.

Hans Peters

First Choice Home Inspections

Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Torch strong

Photo by John Cranor

As a not-so-handy homeowner was re-plumbing his house, he thought he would save some money on fittings by heating the PVC drain pipe with a torch to make a 45-degree bend.

John Cranor

Cranor Inspection Services, LLC

Glen Allen, Va.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Big supporters

Photo by Chris Earley

How else would you make a support column work when it's been cut too short?

Chris Earley

Inspect It 1st

Aston, Pa.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Eau de sewer

Photo by Charlie Rice

During one of my inspections, I found this behind an access panel in a basement. Duct tape and a terry cloth towel really didn't stop the smell of the sewer gas.

Charlie Rice

Pillar to Post

Sykesville, Md.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Put a cork in it

Photo by Warren E. Casey

Here's a unique drain pipe repair: a cork and a golf pencil!

Warren E. Casey

Your Home Inspection Co.

Marengo, Ill.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter