Take AWAY their TORCHES ! !

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Look closely at the beam, or what is remaining of it.
The one closest to the door is what an intact beam looks like.

This garage door opens in front of that beam and the beam isn’t in the path of the door travel.

HOWEVER ….. the beam closer to us, above the centerline of the photo, has its vertical portion of the beam – the web – torch cut and REMOVED?!!

Read the notes carefully and notice that you can see the ceiling tiles on the other side of the beam where the notes are typed.

Look further to the right of the notes, where the ceiling tiles are hanging a bit lower, and you can see the web portion as our should be – NOT CUT AWAY!

Why was this done?
Believe it or not it was so the garage door could be opened by passing THROUGH the missing portion.

That beam is of no value to carrying a load at this point.

It may explain why the ceiling tiles are showing water stains if the garage floor above it has bowed down over this non supported area.

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Classy – No Supports needed

Why bother with supports for your 2nd floor bedroom balcony deck when you can just bolt a log chain to the side and secure it to the upper wall framing which wasn’t designed for lateral tension?

Mercy!

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Ship ahoy mate

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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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Stop turning them in so far …

Just a suggestion for your future DIY projects,

When installing a Drop Ceiling – LOWER THE LIGHT FIXTURES too!!

This will be a SERIOUS FIRE HAZARD if standard light bulbs are used!!

Short Bulbs

DANGEROUS Situation !!!

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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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Eye for Detail – NOT

UPSIDE DOWN Wallpaper Border …

I admit that I did not spot this before my client pointed it out to me.

Kayla spotted it as soon as she walked into this bathroom and we all enjoyed a good chuckle over it – wondering HOW the installer did not understand the
Rules of Gravity.

Gravity Defied

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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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We don’t need no Stink’n Switches …

Yep – that is what they did !

New Switch concept

New Switch concept

No switch – you just plug the cord-end into the receptacle of your choice and the results are the same – the lights come on.  Unplug it and the lights go out.

No need to spend funds on a switch when this works so well.

All of the room switches throughout the house were like this?!
Living room, Dining room, Kitchen lights and backsplash switches for garbage disposal, Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Basement, Garage and Exterior?!?

Little cord ends sticking through the switch plate and dangling there waiting to be plugged in to turn the lights on.

I  expected to open a closet door somewhere and find a pile of toasters without their cord plug and 10″ of their tail lopped off.  Sad.

The technical details:
On the back side of these plates the home-owner had run Romex wiring to the plate, passed the cut end of the ‘toaster plug and wire’ through the narrow switch opening and spliced the cord-wire to the Romex.

The splice was a flying-splice, in other words not enclosed in a proper junction box for safety.
The stranded cord-wire and solid copper Romex wire were simply wire-nutted together.

Wrong on so many points – unsafe as well.

Head scratching, intriguing, and keeping my job entertaining at the same time.

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