March, 2003
Postcards from the Field
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

The "Thing"


Mar03Postcard-The-Thing.gifHere’s a picture of what must be a “Thing” from outer space. This was in the foyer coat closet of a real estate agent’s upper-end two-year-old home. She sent me an e-mail asking to schedule a mold test, which I don’t do.

The amazing thing was that, although the family saw the fungus, they didn’t note that the wood flooring was wet and warped before my arrival. What is the old saying, “You can’t see the forest for the trees?”

Chris Hilton
Winston-Salem, NC

Creative wiring


When I opened the service panel to check the elements of an electric furnace I had to use all my will power not to laugh. Circuit breaker panel full? No problem! Needless to say, I couldn’t put the door on fast enough and
recommend an expert.

Nicholas Weinert
Castle Inspection, Inc.
New Lenox, IL