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Home Inspector Nightmares: Vol. 20

As you can see from this group of home inspector photos, if you cant fix it the right way, you can always fix it the wrong way.

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Another head-scratcher

Another head-scratcher

This looks like a laundry tub faucet. But why was the spout cut off? Didnt clear the divider maybe? Its time for this cowboy to invest in a new laundry tub.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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Dual exhaust downspouts

Dual exhaust downspouts

This is another case of "PP" (pretty poor) planning. The garage furnace flue was cut in before figuring out clearance issues with the gutters. But aren't those downspouts perfect?Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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HDTV

HDTV

Painters tape doesnt stand up to the elements like good old duct tape. Not to mention the fact that this is an antenna for indoor use only? Barney wont be on for long. There are other ways to improve TV reception.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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Where theres a will

Where theres a will

If you close off the register, this cabinet doubles as a convection oven. Wouldve been a better idea to reroute that ductwork.

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Flashing foolishness

Flashing foolishness

Looks like they got the gist of installing step flashing. Just forgot the most important part-tucking it behind the counter flashing to make a skylight leakproof.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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Tin can alley

Tin can alley

So satisfying to see a well-planned job through to the end. Gotta check into a better way to support a shelf!

Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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Accidental greenhouse

Accidental greenhouse

Indoor plants are nice, but not when their roots are outside. Repairing the window so the plants cant get in would be a good start to fixing this problem.

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New stairwell? Sure, hand me that reciprocating saw please.

New stairwell? Sure, hand me that reciprocating saw please.

Yup. Looks like theres a stud wall resting on this mess. I dont think that a 2x6 qualifies as a load-bearing post!

Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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DIY water heater/still conversion

DIY water heater/still conversion

Every night, Bubba added more corn to the hopper and waited by the water heater with a shot glass. I dont think this is standard piping for a TPR valve.

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Water runs uphill right?Courtesy of Structure Tech

Water runs uphill right?

If so the shingles are upside down. Gutters and downspouts are generally at the bottom of eaves.

Want more home inspector nightmares? Check out volume 21!