April, 2015
Postcards from the Field
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

New Postcards!


An Ice Cone in Connecticut

This is an icicle from the condensation drip coming from my furnace. About 18" of it is buried in the snow. The vent pipe is about 8' above the stalagmite.

Ron Passaro
Res-I-Tec, Inc.

Extreme Pipe Burst From the Inside...

... that seeped to the outside. Remember, disconnect your garden hose in the Fall.

Ohio Chapter Peer Review
Columbus, OH

A Really bad Idea

And I was the only one in the room who thought so!

Jim Foss
Best Inspection Inc.
Anchorage, AK

Parking Lot

There is a reason I insert my camera into a duct register: some are parking lots, others are just plain nasty, disgusting IAQ gross.

Jim Foss
Best Inspection Inc.
Anchorage, AK

Heat Recovery Water Heater

In case you are wondering what that strange smell is, or why the family room is so much hotter than adjoining rooms.

Jamison Brown
Home Inspections by Jamison & Company
Poquoson, VA

Good Calk Lasts a Lifetime

This is a classic example of how not to install shingles in a valley

Jamison Brown
Home Inspections by Jamison & Company
Poquoson, VA

Electrician? I think not

This is what happens when Cu/Al are improperly spliced.

Chuck Melocco
INspect Services
Longmont, CO

Color Blind Electrician

Newly installed service panel. White neutral wires that are hot. Red hot wires used as hot and neutrals!!

Craig Lemmon
Real Estate Inspections of Texas LLC
Colleyville, TX

Santa Broke the Chimney

I found out why the draft is low on the chimney.

David Grudzinski
Advantage Home Inspections
Cranston, RI

Ingenuity at its Best

They had to put stairs at garage door opener, so they cut out panel and cut out steps so stairs could go up and down.

Gerry Aubrey
Blue Bell Consulting Co.
Blue Bell, PA


At least the handyman used a marker to line up the parts.

Matthew Steger, ACI
WIN Home Inspection
Lancaster, PA

Does it Matter Which way the Trap Faces

Someone said I needed a P-trap, but they didn't tell me how to install it.

Matthew Steger
WIN Home Inspection
Lancaster, PA