July, 2011
Postcards from the Field
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors



Shower shock

EDITED BY ASHI STAFF

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Brilliant! How ingenious is this? To reduce the chance of electrocution, we simply lowered the shower head!

Earle Johnson
AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service
Winnipeg, Canada




Mother Nature – 1, Masonry – 0
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This house comes with mature trees!!

Gary Kershaw
Pillar to Post
Philadelphia, Pa.





Look out
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While inspecting a 120+ -year-old home, I found this attic stairway opening directly outside an attic bedroom. I sure hope the people sleeping here don’t sleepwalk.

Sergio Angione
Housemaster
Towaco, N.J.





Welcome roof
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Welcome to my roof. This is a welcome mat covering a hole in the roof. 

Nate Stitzlein
Crow Home Inspection
Baltimore, Ohio





Paper thin excuse
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Why have that ugly register mess up your nice wallpaper just to make the master bathroom warm?
 
Neil Brogren
A’N’B Home Inspections
Gold Canyon, Ariz.





Mummy dearest
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The mummy!

David Grudzinski
Advantage Home Inspections
Cranston, R.I.





Something to crowbar about
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This is a steel crowbar hooked on the electrical main service of a house I inspected. I figured it is the latest technology in grounding of electricity.

Tirso De Ubago
Castle Rock Inspections
Walnut Creek, Calif.





Eighth wonder of the duct-tape world
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I was just left wondering if the paint would void the warranty on the duct-tape siding.

Lawrence F. Nies
National Property Inspections
Wattsburg, Pa.





Well, the lint has to go somewhere
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This is a dryer vent in the tub plumbing wall viewed from the crawl space. Kudos for the back-flow prevention damper, though.

Jeff Wise
HIS - Home Inspection Services
Yakima, Wash.






Extra mayo, hold the asbestos
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This is an old Chambers range with a gas grill between the electric elements. The concern is the damaged asbestos cover. Every time the grill or burners are used, a potential hazardous condition develops. It has been in use for years, and the seller said, “My  five-year-old son loves pancakes and grilled-cheese sandwiches made on it.”

Gary Tucker
Tucker Inspection
Emeryville, Calif.





A couple postcards from far afield
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These photos are from a recent trip to India. Above is high-rise scaffolding in New Delhi made of bamboo and rope. Not exactly OSHA-approved. At left, also from New Delhi, when you have a computer problem, here’s where your calls go.

John J. Heyn
ASHI Member #5
Owings Mills, Md.