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Home Inspector Nightmares: Volume 28

Lets take another look inside the secret life of the American home. And the people that work on them.

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Economy drain

Economy drain

Too bad we spent all our budget on the granite countertop. Im getting sick of emptying the drain bucket.

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Europeen style or what?

Europeen style or what?

There might not be anything wrong with it, but its weird. One things for sure. If they ever decide to replace it with a new toilet, the next one wont use near as much water.Photo: Courtesy ofStructure Tech

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This one just gives me the shudders

This one just gives me the shudders

With all different lengths of wire scraps to connect things together, sometimes its easier to install the junction boxes after making the connections. No amount of electrical tape is going to make this safe.

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Drip catchers?

Drip catchers?

Who knows? But if that is the case, itd be smart to track down those roof leaks.Photo: Courtesy ofStructure Tech

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Maurits Repair shop, may I help you?Structure Tech

Maurits Repair shop, may I help you?

OK! All buttoned up! Any problems, call 1-800-MCESCHER. (Confused? Google it!) Range hood vents are relatively easy to replace providing there was one to begin with.

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Lint art masterpiece

Lint art masterpiece

Nope. Its not a dryer vent. Its just one of the outlets at the fire-starter manufacturing plant.

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Mission control, we have a problem!

Mission control, we have a problem!

That darn pipe was always in the way of the future basement window for my ant farm. Problem solved!But can you join dissimilar pipes? Sure but you have to do it properly.

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Rubber soul

Rubber soul

Yup. Every plumber should carry an inner tube and a shoelace. Clearly this pipe repair didnt quite pass muster. Repair couplings are actually just as easy to do as this method. And a whole lot more leakproof.

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Framing tips from a professional gift wrapper

Framing tips from a professional gift wrapper

That oughta hold it! Baling twine works great to hold your house together, just make sure you double it up and use the proper knots.

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Hope the Big Bad Wolf doesnt show up

Hope the Big Bad Wolf doesnt show up

Im sure its not a nice place to spend a workday, but dont you at least have to try?! This cobbled together joist mess might hold up for a while, but its certainly not a permanent solution.

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