October, 2006
Postcards from the Field
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors



Roomy

EDITED BY ASHI STAFF

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Some fireplaces are easier to inspect than others...

Jim Krider

House Smart
Atlanta, Ga.


2006—A Plumbing Odyssey
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Wasn’t there a screen saver like this? This is a
picture of some amateur plumbing work for the drain system of a home.

Tom Smith
The HomeTeam Inspection Service
Hermitage, Tenn.


Wrenching
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Generally, a solid shim block or steel plate is used
between a support column and girder. When not available, is it ok to use a rusted old pipe wrench and weightlifter’s plate?

Al DeLong
Double Check Home Inspection Group, L.L.C.
Spartanburg, S.C.


Duct!
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Here is a picture from an inspection I did today. If you have a broken framing member in your attic, use the all-purpose structural repair kit— duct tape!
 
Stefanie Brandenburg

Upstate Home Detectives
Taylors, S.C.


Hot
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I guess we would call it a 1921 oversized junction box
(1' x 1.5')! Someone left a note attached indicating some of the wires were hot!! This ‘box’ was located on the basement ceiling and open when I found it!

Pete Jung
Hinson & Jung, LLC Home Inspections and Services
Germantown, MD


First  hot water heater in space?
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Not only did the homeowners install the water heater on its side, but they replaced the TPR valve with a large pressure gauge. Fortunately, the house was vacant and the heater not pressurized at time of inspection...

Chris Brown
Florida HomePro
Jacksonville, Fla.


Snug
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I had to stop while driving by a home to take this
picture of a chimney.

Bob Mulloy
Allsafe Home Inspection Service, Inc.
East Bridgewater, Mass.


Reuse gone too far
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The homeowner thought: “I knew I could find a use for that old jockstrap someday.”

Kim Thormodsgard
Thor Home Inspection Service, Inc.
Sioux Falls, S.D.