September, 2006
Postcards from the Field
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Flue Fluke


Where there‘s a flue, there’s a way!

Corey Folsom
Corey Folsom– Property Inspector
Ben Lomond, Calif.

Bag it

This is what was found inside a 200-amp electric panel…a plastic shopping bag wrapped around the service-entrance cables.

Dave Kent

Added Value Home Inspections, LLC
Portage, Mich.


P4180168.gifHere is a photo of a dryer vent & why they are not supposed to be screened. I have heard of saving your pocket change for a rainy day, but saving the pocket lint? This was someone’s idea to keep out the birds; it took quite a bit of work to make it this nice. I just had to share this one!

Russ Augustine

Augustine Home Inspections by Russ Augustine & Assoc. Inc.
Schaumburg, Ill.


report101-065.gifThis is a pic of an electrical panel with an apartment-size washer/dryer combo sitting right in front of it. Hope the owners don’t have to get into it in a hurry in case of an emergency.
Chris Wunderler
Tru-Blu Home Inspections
St. Petersburg, Fla.

Walking on air

107.gifThe client had never looked inside the crawl space!  This chimney was being mostly supported by air! She was grateful for the discovery and was going to call a mason after the inspection was completed.

Jeff Leighton
Inspect-It 1st Property Inspection
Scarborough, Maine



I found this tree, used as structural support, at a recent

Mark Oldroyd
A Realty Check
Wildwood, Mo.

In hot water

The new gas line TPC valve.
Ray “Cliff” Sims
All City Inspections
San Diego, Calif.

Unhandyman special

Dowels.gifI was surprised to see the wooden dowels. There were no active leaks.

Dave Macy
Home Safe Home Inspections
Broadview Heights, Ohio