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Home Inspection Nightmares XXXI

Jerry-built electrical panels, jury-rigged beam supports, and other frightening discoveries made by the home inspectors in The ASHI Reporter

Camouflaged!

"I wonder if the seller thought, 'Maybe the no one will notice that the plumbing cleanout has been completely covered in stucco and painted over.'"

David Grudzinski

Advantage Home Inspections

Cranston, RI

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Get Me Outta Here!

"The Realtor told me he thought there was some rot damage at the beam. This is the situation I encountered when I got into the crawlspace—could go at any minute."

Bob Galster

Pillar to Post

Cape May, NJ

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Home to Roost

"Every now and then, you've got to limit a crawl space inspection because of chickens."

Paul King

Inspector Paul, Inc

Fort Mill, SC

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

That's One Solid Door

"What do we do with the old door? Recycle it as a post to hold up a scary beam."

James Brock

Boston Home Inspectors

Boston, MA

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Splish, Splash I Was Taking a...Zap!

"These electrical disconnect boxes sit directly under a working faucet—a recipe for electrocution."

James Brock

Boston Home Inspectors

Boston, MA

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Structural Glazing?

"The support for this second-floor deck is screwed to the mullion between two out-swinging casement windows. I was told not to open the windows."

James Brock

Boston Home Inspectors

Boston, MA

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

All Was Quiet, Not a Mouse in the House

"This $750,000 home had been vacant for 6 to 8 months, but we found no mouse droppings. After the inspection I checked the basement to make sure the house was locked up and found out why."

Ken Harrington

Pillar to Post

Delaware, OH

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

That's a Humidifier, Right?

"The exhaust fan from the full bath below has been piped into the HVAC system's return duct."

Henry Blau

U.S. Inspect

Richmond, VA

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

No Such Thing as Too Many Adapters

"Here we see a light socket, fitted with a socket adapter (normally used to create a socket with side-plug combo). Instead of just plugging into the side, the socket now holds a second socket adaptor, into which is plugged a three-prong connector (the green wire should be grounded) that will finally hold the three-pronged plug."

Brian Cogley

Cogley Property Inspections, LLC

Oakland, CA

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

'I left my bump hat in the truck, OUCH!'

Underside of a 20-year-old, three-tabbed-asphalt roof. Looks like the guy who put it on was a framer in a previous life, because those are framing nails, not roofing nails.

Thomas R Battoe, ACI

HomePro Mid FL, Performance Inspections

Orlando, FL

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Homeowner Engineering at Its Best

"The chimney was leaking into the cleanout in the basement. Instead of addressing the symptom, the homeowner used a plastic paint tray, sealed it to the wall on a perfect angle to allow the water to drain into a funnel, which then drained into the condensate line."

Michael Buckley, ACI

US Inspect

Mt. Laurel, NJ

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Let's Just Leave the Garage Out of the Inspection All Together

"The boat was safer outside in the elements."

Stephen Tyler

STAT Home Inspections

Garnerville, NY

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Oh, You Want Shingle Color Samples?

"Follow me to the roof!"

Joseph J. Randazzo,

Craftsman Home Inspection Service, Inc.

Broomall, PA

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Pipe Dreams

"A homeowner attempt at connecting a bath vent fan exhuast: Cut into the cast iron plumbing vent, install a Y-shaped PVC cleanout upside down, attach the vent fan's duct, making up for the difference in size with lots and lots of duct tape."

Randy Via Charles L. Gleich & Associates

Columbus, OH

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Clothes Warmer

"This was a rehabbed home. They really wanted a fireplace, even if it meant the back side was in a bedroom closet."

Lou Prinzi, ACI/RPI

First Choice Building Inspections, Inc

Jacksonville, FL

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

For When Your Home is Moving at 60 MPH

"This is an AC unit for the roof of an RV, being used to cool an attic."

Larry Swanson

Advantage Inspection Services

Phoenix, AZ

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Maybe One of These Can Become a Medicine Cabinet?

"We spent a long time trying to find the main electrical panel, before the agent looked behind the bathroom mirror in the finished basement. The electrician saw this and said it was pre-existing, therefore 'ok.' He estimated $5,000 to move it."

Brent Booker

Dovetail Home Inspection

Charlton, MA

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Screwy

"'Hey, the main breaker's handle is broken off. What should I do?'

'Aw, screw it.'"

Jim Katen

Associated Master Inspectors

Gaston, OR

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Rigged Up

"This homeowner got all fancy when hooking up this basement urinal: hung from the ceiling by ropes, plumbed with a hose, and drained into another hose hook up. Most guys just use the sink…"

Ken Meyer, ACI

Portico Home Inspection LLC

Portland, OR

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Oil Change With Every Junction Box

"This is a plastic oil bottle cut off to act as a cover to a junction box. Hope the inside is clean."

Richard Spencer

Home Sweet Home Inspections, LLC

Missoula, MT

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Missed It by This Much

"Duct tape application #8373: transition when the range hood doesn't line up with the ductwork."

Jim Estrada

Property Inspector, LLC

Seattle, WA

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Sealed Tight

"Duct tape application # 8374: sump pump cover."

Randy Via Charles L.

Gleich & Associates

Columbus, OH

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

No Matches Required

"This is a brand new single-wall water heater vented through plywood, touching vinyl, and beneath a vinyl soffit. I think more than just the water will be hot."

Jeremy S. Provan, ACI

Pro Cantage Home Inspections

Buckeystown, MD

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Pillars

"Truck tires, bagged cement, garden container, piled concrete blocks, and scrap wood. Does this qualify as standard deck supports?"

Erik Alstad

HomeWorkz

Santa Fe, NM

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Fernished Home

"I thought there might be a problem with the roof on this home."

Steve Hadduck, ACI

Integrity Home Inspections

Portland, OR

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

We Are Going to Need More Wires

"This house from 1950 was wired like this (not a homeowner job)."

Larry Transue

Integrity Inspection Service

Easton, PA

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Not the Only Thing That's Nuts!

"If you don't have an outlet receptacle box, I guess a coffee can will do. After all, you are only wiring this light with a zip cord."

Daniel Dunham, ACI

Englewood Home Inspections

Rotonda West, FL

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Caked

"World's dirtiest furnace vent!"

Randy Via

Charles L. Gleich & Associates

Columbus, OH

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Don't Let the Beam Stand in Your Way

"In a garage with a low ceiling, the homeowner cut a huge hole in a main support I-beam so that he could install a garage door opener!"

Dick Baumbusch

Legacy Home Inspections

Denver, CO

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Rock Solid Support

A plumber and a Sawzall can be a bad combination. This plumber cut completely through this floor joist. Then he supported the cut end with a column he fashioned out of rocks, blocks, and a piece of plastic piping.

Randy West

Professional Building Consultants

Prescott, AZ

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

Shockingly Not Safe

"These homeowners wanted to make sure if there were any problems with the wiring, the aluminum tape would help. Unfortunately aluminum is a wonderful conductor of electricity, making this a terrible shock risk."

Michael Harrison

If Walls Could Talk Home Inspection

Roswell, GA

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter

This looks tasty...ZAAAAAP!

"The cat will be happy to learn that curiosity doesn't just target his species."

Bob Bowling

Buyers Protection Group

Livonia, MI

Courtesy of The ASHI Reporter