It’s the hap, happiest season of all! It’s time to share our top 20 home inspection photos from the past year. If you like this kind of thing, please check out our Facebook and Instagram pages. We share these all year round.
Backward splash block If you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you, it’s yours. And fix your splash block, it’s backward.
ICUP You’re looking at a barn door on a bathroom. And it’s closed.
Bath fans vented to dryer terminal thingies
Huge chimney offset The wood-burning chimney was built like this. Can you believe it? Chimney inspections are important.
Concrete bag retaining wall We didn’t know what to think about this unconventional retaining wall made from stacked concrete bags.
Don’t forget the pre-filters Electronic air filters always have pre-filters that need to be manually cleaned. These homeowners apparently didn’t know this.
Washtub expansion tank We found this open-air expansion tank for a boiler in the attic. It has new PEX tubing, and it’s sitting on top of a cinderblock. And it’ll surely freeze in the attic.
These fuses will never blow We’ve seen our share of copper tubing used in place of fuses, but this panel had FOUR of them.
How to save on your water bill You’re looking at a water main with the water meter removed. Of course, the photo title was a joke, but this photo seemed to get a lot of people whipped up. We received 113 “negative feedbacks” on Facebook for posting this, accusing us of telling people how to steal water. Insert facepalm emoticon.
Not a return Handrail ends are supposed to be returned to the wall to help prevent stuff from catching on the handrail and causing falls. This looks like it might do the opposite.
New construction flashing fail All homes need home inspections, not just new construction. This plumbing vent didn’t have any flashing installed, which will allow water to leak into attic.
Peace out, roof.
Playing card shims You want help leveling the stairway? Deal me in.
Questionable load path We can’t say for certain there’s anything wrong here… but it’s questionable.
How to not splice a joist
Should of went to college We found this in an attic and cried. Just a little.
How to bend a 2×4: put a house on top of it This photo generated a ton of discussion on our Facebook page, with lots of people questioning the dimensions of the bent piece of lumber. I insist that’s a 2×4.
That’s all for this year! Stay tuned for next week’s post, where we’ll share our favorite “Feel Good Photos” from the past year. And if you’d like to subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss any, please sign up here.