Home Inspector Nightmares: Volume 22
In this volume of Crazy Repairs That Don’t Work we see the return of duct tape as a critical component. But don’t worry if you’re out of tape. You’ll also find fixes that don’t require it.
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More downspout follies
Well, there are better ways to route downspouts instead of the middle of the roof after all. But check out the plumbing vent. If that flashing nail near the valley doesn’t leak, I’ll eat my hat.
3 / 10
Buckets, tape, twine and coffee can lid
When it’s time to clean the old drum trap, you just tie the bucket to electrical cable to catch the gunk. Then slice the duct tape to remove the coffee can lid. It might have been easier to clean the drain if they had simply replaced the trap.
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Looks like this dryer vent was bored through a concrete slab and then sealed around with mortar. Bound to be some cracks that leak. These slabs were often poured as the roof over a crawlspace in the basement that contained the shallow wells on older homes. There are much easier ways to route dryer vents.
6 / 10
Hmmm. What happened here?
7 / 10
Needs more caulk!
After adding 1x3s, aluminum and two or three kinds of caulk, this chase cap is still leaking. Stopping this chimney leak is going to take more than a few tubes of caulk.
8 / 10
5-gallons of combustion air should be plenty right?
New furnaces generally no longer use interior combustion air. They have PVC pipes that draw air from outside. When this home owner shops for a new furnace there won’t be need for this kind of arrangement which won’t work anyway BTW. And might even be dangerous.
9 / 10
Beam me up Scotty!
Sure duct tape is strong, but we don't recommend using it in structural situations. Installing garage door openers properly is not always a no brainer.
Originally Published: November 21, 2017