November, 2004
Postcards from the Field
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Homemade Humidifier


PostcardCoolwhip.gifSaw this at an inspection today, and it was good for a chuckle. Apparently, the homeowner didn’t want to mess with all that high-tech gadgetry in a humidifier, so he replaced it with a Cool Whip container filled with water!

Brian Mishler
HomeStudy Inc.
Latrobe, Penn.


PostcardPic-of-the-Month.gifThis house is having its exterior redone. No mention was made of the chimney termination right between the bedroom windows. When I asked them about it, they replied, “We haven’t thought about that; you may be right.”

Dov Herman
Dov Herman Home Inspections
Woodmere, N.Y.

Condition, condition, condition

PostcardWaterheater.gifDo you think the seller’s agent would question me if I described this water heater as “near the end of its service life”?

John Elson
Inspect-It 1st Property Inspection
Glenview, Ill.