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

Postcards from the Field


Mounds of Mold

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This inspector is considering adding a gas mask to the arsenal of safety tools in the inspection bucket.”

Aaron Mayer

Housewarming Home Inspections

St. Louis, MO


We Love to Grill

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This is inside the home! They had a custom vent installed above it. 

Joshua Crepps

Crepps Home Inspection

Elizabethtown, KY


A New Way To Water The Lawn


Jeff May

May Indoor Air Investigations LLC

Tyngsborough, MA


Leak Management

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A fistful of plumber’s putty apparently did not fix the leak at this condensate drain connection.

Therefore, a custom gutter with a catch can was added.


Kristin Keller

Key Building Inspections, LLC

Kimberton, PA


Car Jacked Deck

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I found this at a home recently “rehabbed” by a
flipper. The deck is supported by carjacks, blocks and bags of Sackrete®.


Alan Trauger

Alan Trauger and Associates, Inc.

Longwood, FL



Cut Once Measure 3 Times?

When you find that a neutral wire is too short, just twist a short, stubby
extension onto it.


Matthew Steger, ACI

WIN Home Inspection

Elizabethtown, PA

Elizabethtown, PA


To Bond or Not To Bond?


Some pictures just do not need an explanation.

Jeff Nichols

Inspections, Inc.

Marietta, GA


Custom Roof Deck Drainage

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The owner had installed plastic household storage bins below all the leaks and connected the bins to a network of improperly sloped ¾” PVC pipes that drained into an interior sink

Tony Eldon

Bay Area Property Inspections

San Rafael, CA



Stairs? Really?

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I took this picture on one of our trips to Azerbaijan. I thought other inspectors would get a laugh from it.


Doug Zimmerman

Independent Inspection
Service, LLC

Missoula, MT


Hey, I Was Napping!


I had limited access to this beam, as the homeowner had installed a security system.

Mario Lucciola

All Spec Building Inspections

St. Catharinas, ON


Warm Feet, Warm Heart, Warm Water

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An all-season deck needs a heat source. This one is heated by a 250,000 Btu tankless water heater exhaust vent … complete with plastic dryer vent cover.


Bryant Warren, HouseMaster Inspections, Tulsa, OK