October, 2010
Postcards from the Field
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors



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EDITED BY ASHI STAFF

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I found this frog in a crawl space. This particular crawl space has some ground water issues.

Boyd Meyer
Premier Advantage Home Inspections, Inc.
Clinton, Utah




Plumber: 1; Electrician: 0
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Here is an electrical sub-panel I could not get at. Maybe the plumber and electrician did not get along, so the plumber won.

Jay de Wolf
de Wolf Inspection Services
Burlingame, Calif.




Tilty as charged
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“Architect? Who needs to waste money using an architect?”

Lon Grossman
Technihouse Inspections, Inc.
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.




All wrong
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I inspected this furnace in a newly remodeled house. That is a single-wall vent pipe in the attic, sealed with duct tape, attached to the framing with electrical cord and terminating in a turbine vent. In the bottom photo, you can see the clearance issues with the temperature control and the wall. The whole thing is wrong!

Timothy Hemm
Eagle Home Inspections
Yucaipa, Calif.




One temp fits all
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This is that new shower head where apparently one temperature suits all. Notice there is no water control valve on the wall. The red knob turns the water on. Permits and approvals, anyone?

Gerard Poster
Arrow Environmental Services, Inc.
Jackson, N.J.




Fido furnace
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Is your dog looking for his dish? Well, we found the dog food dish being used to cover the duct port to the furnace.

Brenda Julian
Full Service Property Inspections, LLC
Clinton, Ohio





A little spare time
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This is not a postcard from the field, it’s my own house. I was just having a little fun. I call it: “Poor man’s fire sprinkler
system. Kid-approved. Wife-disapproved.”

Calvin Bolt
Calvin Bolt Inspections & Testing
Warsaw, Ind.




Tight fit
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Parking is a little tight in this neighborhood.

Jim Clark
True Blue Home Inspections, Inc.
Chicago, Ill.




No thanks
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Go ahead, touch it! I dare you.

David Grudzinski
Advantage Home Inspections
Cranston, R.I.



Elegant and dangerous
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For ambiance (and safety), candles may be a better choice …

Pete Wilden
Tri-County Inspection Co., Inc.
Woodbury, N.J.




Some style
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Here is a new toilet with old style.

David Grudzinski
Advantage Home Inspections
Cranston, R.I.