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Home Inspector Nightmares: Vol. 9

Here’s another batch from our favorite field guys and gals. Home inspectors that see the darndest things.

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Toboggan ice-dam solution

Toboggan ice-dam solution

Structure Tech

Granted, this is quite a clever setup. But it seems like it might be less work to fix the ice-dam problem!
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Jacked-Up House

Jacked-Up House


Structure Tech

I'm not certain how much weight that jack stand is rated for, but I'm pretty sure a house is a bit over the limit. It's important to understand load-bearing posts. Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech
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The Rocky Throne

The Rocky Throne


Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Does something look unsteady in this photo to you? We thought so too. Here's how to fix this issue.
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What's a TPR Valve?

What's a TPR Valve?


Structure Tech

Not willing to be outwitted by a water heater, Jim decided that the TPR (temperature, pressure relief) valve should only drip when he wanted it to drip. A TPR valve is an important safety feature, and the photo shown above is NOT an appropriate solution!

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All employees MUST wash their hands before returning to work!

All employees MUST wash their hands before returning to work!


Structure Tech

Genius! With this setup, you can wash your hands and your feet at the same time! A small bathroom requires a certain amount of planning.

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Ceiling kitchen venting

Ceiling kitchen venting


Marion loved the smell of her cooking so much, it seemed a waste to vent all of the wonderful aromas outside. Generally, most people would prefer kitchen venting to exhaust outside the house.

Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech
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Brilliant extension ladder leg extender

Brilliant extension ladder leg extender


Another clever use for a five-gallon bucket, just prior to kicking the bucket. Please be careful with extension ladders, folks. Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech
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Ladder Extender Part 2

Ladder Extender Part 2


This is just a temporary solution until the 10"-thick slab is poured. Install an attic ladder as a handy way to use your rafter space in the garage.

Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech
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Leaking Faucet

Leaking Faucet


Structure Tech

That's the definition of "hard water." On the plus side, the water spraying out should soon melt the icicle. Might be time for a new faucet and maybe to install a freeze detector in the house.

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Leaking fill valve repair

Leaking fill valve repair


Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Once Warren caught the recycle/re-use bug, he just couldn't stop. Even going to the extent of breaking the fill valve on his toilet for a chance to re-use this plastic container. Might be even smarter to replace the fill valve with a new kit. Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Want more home inspector nightmares? Check out volume 10!