March, 2008

Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors


Flex-a-switch

EDITED BY ASHI STAFF

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California has always been a leader in new technology and the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley are considered by many to be premier locations for creative minds and innovation. This innovative “flex-a switch” design hasn’t caught on fire yet ... but who knows!

John Fryer
Fryer Consulting
Oakland, Calif.



DIY venting

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This is a picture of a clothes dryer being vented directly into a chimney, above the boiler vent. Nice job adding more moisture to the hydrocarbons from the oil-fired boiler to really eat the insides away!

Arthur S. Lazerow
Alban Home Inspection Service, Inc.
Bethesda, Md.



Look first

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I remember during training, I was instructed to look under the cabinet before turning on the water. During this foreclosure, someone took out the drain and “P” trap. I bring spare towels just in case.

Brandon Dyles
Picture Perfect Inspections
Bartlett, Tenn.



‘Schrooms!

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This is the best argument for proper bathroom ventilation I’ve ever seen! The shot of the room shows a dot on the
ceiling. The close-up is of that dot. It’s a cluster of mushrooms growing from the ceiling of a 1950s bathroom, with no exhaust fan and a barely operable window in the shower.

Joe LeCron
Seagate Inspections, Inc.
Toledo, Ohio



Duct tape and a spatula

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I found this in the guest bath toilet. The seller had just repaired it and hoped I would not find out about his ingenuity. I think he hoped his wife wouldn’t either.

Danny Blankenship
The HomeTeam Inspection Service
Ocala, Fla.



Smoking gun

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When you see a homemade furnace cover, you just have to look inside. The platform was collapsing, so they used a scissor jack to hold it up (second photo).

Timothy Hemm
Eagle Home Inspections
Yucaipa, Calif



Empty nesters?

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I found this bird’s nest in an attic area. It was about 4-5 feet tall.

Mark Walters
InspectPRO
Littleton, Colo.



Call in the haz-mat team

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Kitchen looks okay to me!

Brion Grant
Northland Home Inspection, Inc.
Flagstaff, Ariz.