Category Archives: General

Who needs Floor joists anyway?

It would appear that the “technician” having installed this Radon mitigation exhaust pipe did NOT understand the structural properties of a floor joist and what NOT TO DO to one … rather than compromise its ability to carry it’s intended load.

Take away Their tools

Take away Their tools

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Careful Who you Hire

It requires only a little bit more time to learn HOW to properly do a job correctly.
And it only requires asking somebody before you start… which products to use and read the directions of how to use the product.
There is even product (albeit the wrong product for this job) flung all over the siding on the adjacent wall from where the problem area was.
What a MESS and the problem still hasn’t been resolved.

Problem still Unresolved

Problem still Unresolved

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uh … NO – not the way to do it

Perhaps they SHOULD HAVE paid to have their new
floor professionally installed !

Poor Flooring Install

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New Twist on Flooring ?!

It is not uncommon to put carpeting over hardwood flooring for many different reasons. ¬† HOWEVER … I have never heard of putting hardwood flooring OVER carpeting ?!?!

You should ALWAYS remove the carpeting first.

I should have taken a photo of the entire room – this was in a LARGE living room.

Look at the closeup shot (2nd photo) – YEP – that’s what they did.

wood over carpetwood over carpet detail

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Blue Jean Kit – Optional …

[ ALWAYS read the related story with the blog photos ]

Blue Jean packing kit is optional.

Blue Jean packing kit is optional.

The issues with this from an inspection perspective are numerous.

From the type of materials used, to the downward angle of the first pipe from the house, to the lack of proper mechanical connectors on the joints, to the lack of vertical support for the extended portion from the  house, etc.

BUT …. the most amusing part of this for me was when I realized that this connector and flue pipe contraption (to a functioning interior wood stove) had the interfaces between the HOT pipe and flue liner tile and the flue liner tile and siding / interior wall opening … packed with a pair of UNDERSHORTS at one location and a pair of blue-jean shorts at the other.

Now to be fair – I did not have a conversation with the individual so I guess it’s possible that this was a country-lore idea on how to avoid the high cost of electric to run a dryer – perhaps the oven had dinner cooking in it and this was the only other way to dry clothing.

NOT !!!!!

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