May, 2003

Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

It's Not the Heat, It's the Stupidity


Postcardthermostat.gifMy favorite part of the magazine is “Postcards from the field.” I have a good one. Everybody knows that it gets hot in Florida. Look at what this guy is doing about it. This is a thermostat mounted outside! Can you imagine his electric bill?

Jon Bolton
Winter Park, FL

Goodness gracious, great balls of fire


This photo shows someone had no idea of what this roof vent was for. This turbine vent is supposed to be installed on a roof to help cool/ventilate the attic, not as a spark arrestor on the chimney. Talk about downdrafting and flame throwers if the wind blows the wrong way! Potentially a very dangerous situation.

Chris Guerra
Diligent Property Inspections, an Affiliate of Building Specs, Inc.
Fremont, CA