Category Archives: Home Inspection

Home Systems – typical problems and considerations when inspecting for performance and proper installation practices.

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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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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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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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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a Bit Short

Either the plumber gave up at the home owner’s insistence to use THIS faucet …

or the plumber never checked their work.

You just can’t make this stuff up !!

but they really liked THIS faucet Mr. Plumber

but they really liked THIS faucet Mr. Plumber

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So Sad …

Some of these debacles are funny, silly, just downright comical.

Others are sad.

Some folks just shouldn’t be allowed to use tools or own a home to sell.

Sounded like a good idea – a privacy door and all.
But I guess the first tool they purchased should have been a tape measure.

or NOT ?!

Really ??

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Creative Solution

With the addition of large PVC piping having to cross in front of the door opening at the top …. this Do-it-Yourselfer found a solution to enable them to still open the door.

Of course they could have simply cut the door off at the top and attached that remaining portion to the frame as they will still need to avoid that top clearance issue.

Thumbs up for the effort.

Hinged Door to clear new plumbing pipes at top. Creative Solution.

Hinged Door to clear new plumbing pipes at top.
Creative Solution.

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Eye for Detail ?

While the tile work was very appealing this shower door left me with a few questions.

Were these the ONLY screws available and the Do-It-Yourselfer is on their way back with appropriate length screws and did they honestly not consider the safety issues at hand here?

Not to mention the cosmetic contrast between the quality of tile work and this mechanical connection – yikes.

Ah .... perhaps they could have used shorter SAFER screws for their DIY project.

Ah …. perhaps they could have used shorter SAFER screws for their DIY project.

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HOW could anybody sit on THIS ?!

This home owner decided they knew how to add value to their house by putting in a powder room, a half-bath.

However they must have missed the instructions detailing minimal clearances on each side and in front of a toilet.

I won’t even begin to address the plumbing configuration to the tank and from the bowl.

MERCY ?!

HOW to mount ?

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