October, 2013
Postcards from the Field
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors



Post Cards From the Field

JOHN SPOEHR

October 2013_Elections

 

Please send your name, city, state, photos and captions to arlenez@ashi.org
QUALITY CRAFTMANSHIP

There was an “unnecessary” piece of metal in the way of new plumbing work; the concrete floor above will stay up just fine without it.

 

Jeremy S Provan
Pro Vantage Home Inspections
Laytonsville, MD

 

A ROOM WITH A VIEW

 

Egress, we don’t need no stinking egress! Besides having undersized window openings, this bedroom window opens to another room!

 

Eric Syren
HomeGuard Inc.
Tracy, CA

 

COOKED SPAGHETTI

 

Do a little wiring, cook a little spaghetti?

 

Brian Epperson
Action
Inspection STL
O’Fallon, MO

 

 

YAHTZEE TO THE RESCUE

The Yahtzee® box is not plumb, and the can of paint should be full before use as a support for loose ductwork.

Nate Stitzlein

 

Crow Home
Inspection, llc
Baltimore, OH

 

 

SPECS? SOD ROOF?

Does it require
9, 13 or 20+
mil plastic over the sheathing?
Nine didn’t work. The ceiling in the building was leaking.

 

Jeremy S Provan
Pro Vantage Home Inspections

Laytonsville, MD

 

MYTHIC COPPER PIPING

This is copper piping used to replace main disconnect fuses outside next to the meter base. I thought this was a myth until now.

Dave Maudlin

Indy Pro Inspection Service, Inc.

Carmel, IN

 

 

HIDDEN REGISTER

Just a small miscalculation by the HVAC guys left this bedroom’s register in the closet . . .


Jim Porter
BPG Property
Inspection Services
Loomis, CA

 

 


WATCH OUT FOR SPLINTERS AND CARPET BURNS

The top of the steps are a foot away from the deck/landing. There is no bottom step.
No railings or handrail.
These were about the most dangerous looking steps I’d ever seen…

…until I saw these on the same home.
A 2-foot drop from the house to a 6-inch-wide top step ensures you will fall. Don’t wear shorts; first you’ll get splinters and then carpet burn!

 

Randy West
Professional Building Consultants
Prescott, AZ

 

 

 

EYE SPY

While inspecting a roof the other day, I came across a bullet lodged into the roof coverings.
Never know what you’ll find when you look closely.

Paul King
Inspector
Paul, Inc
Fort Mill, SC

 

 

 

WORK AROUNDS 101

 

I know this was a hard decision. Move the dryer or cut off the bollard?

This is a
classic. Instead of moving the box back a couple of inches, Just bore a hole in the cabinet door. Still have to open the door to turn on the disposer.

 

Tim Hemm
Tim Hemm Inspections
Yucaipa, CA