Combination wind chime/light fixture?

Home Inspector with Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

Probably not, but when the wind blows the downspout will likely rattle a bit.

Wind Chime Light Fixture

I can just imagine the light patterns flashing around the yard when it is windy and the light is turned on.

Of course it needs to be fixed.  Sooner or later, the wires will fray and possibly short out.  The frayed wires could also result in the gutter and downspout becoming energized.  Energized gutters are never a good idea and will do nothing to keep the squirrels or rats off of them.  

The aluminum ladder leaned against it from the ground could be a problem though for the unsuspecting person doing their annual gutter cleaning.

This is a pretty simple fix for the electrician---but a fix that should not be put off.

Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector

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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

What is so surprising about that defect is that the home owner didn't fix it prior to a home inspection.

Nov 16, 2011 03:18 PM #15
Mel Ahrens
Alternative Solutions Real Estate (Kelly Right Real Estate) - Hood River, OR

I'll bet you use a fiberglass ladder too.



Nov 16, 2011 04:01 PM #16
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

This one was obvious to the untrained eye. For everyone like this you see, there are probably 10 more similar problems, but ones that are much harder to spot!

Nov 16, 2011 04:10 PM #17
Vickie Nagy
Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932 - San Ramon, CA
Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton

Well, this home will not sell with FHA financing until the exposed wires are covered! FHA rules are a bit more rigid on the appraisal perspective than other loan products.

Nov 16, 2011 04:33 PM #18
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Scott---same here---but most homeowners buy the cheapo aluminum ones

Debbie, thanks---was actually kind of surprised to see this one get featured:)

Anthony, there is no end to what one can find on an inspection

Sally---people sometimes need to think about how they spend their money :)

Steven---while this is uncommon, it is quite common to see the swivel bulb holder drop down such that the bulb rests against the siding.

Lenn,  just a case of leaving "something" for the inspector to find no doubt :)

Mel---absolutely---would not be without it

Donald---most likely

Vickie, when one looks at the FHA inspection form it is amazing what they aren't interested in as well.

Nov 16, 2011 04:44 PM #19
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% o... - Portland, OR
Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results

Quite obvious "fix" and I, too, wonder (as Lenn does) why this wasn't taken care of.  Hope the rest of the property wasn't this . . . combined!  LOL

Nov 16, 2011 05:00 PM #20
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Charles, the title got me... I have a combination pot rack/light fixture and thought you were going to show me something new...

Nov 16, 2011 05:22 PM #21
Evelyn Kennedy
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Dangerous condition which anyone who has any brains could see.  I am sorry to hear that squirrels and rats wouldn't be effected by frayed wires.

Nov 16, 2011 06:15 PM #22
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Carla, I could think of lots of things like this that should be taken care of prior to inspection---but then I wouldn't have a job :)

Chris---sorry about that :)

Evelyn, well unless they can figure out a way to ground themselves at the same time.

Nov 16, 2011 06:22 PM #23
Robert and Lisa Hammerstein
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Charles - Once again you brought a smile to my face. It sure can be an amazing journey out there in the inpsection world.

Nov 16, 2011 08:32 PM #24
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Cool blog! I like wind chimes in the desert, I ride quads and dirt bikes in the desert, the homes out there seem to have at five wind chimes per home. btw they don/t look like that!!!

Nov 16, 2011 08:33 PM #25
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Charles - I'm not familiar with the windchime light fixture combination.  Perhaps it's a new trend that they are trying?  LOL

Nov 16, 2011 08:36 PM #26
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Robert and Lisa, on most days it is too much fun to actually be called work :)

Jon, I would hope not :)

Christine---while wind chimes made with incandescents is going to be problematic---perhaps we will start to see them using LED's :)

Nov 16, 2011 09:19 PM #27
Michael Dagner
Brokers Guild Classic - Denver, CO
Your Denver Homes Realty Expert

Hi Charles, don't a lot of pre-60s houses have decorations like that?  Like your profile picture..too cool!

Nov 16, 2011 11:27 PM #28
Janell Kittleson
Rentec Direct - Grants Pass, OR
Property Management Software & Tenant Screening

Yikes!  I bet you see things all the time that make you do a double-take.  You ough to make a coffee-table book on all your finest.  :)


Nov 16, 2011 11:28 PM #29
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Personally I think that is a very well done science project checking lots of things - wind, earth rotation (a pendulum), electricity (remember Franklin?) and directional light waves.

And your problem with all this learning is...??

Nov 17, 2011 06:42 AM #30
Gabe Sanders
the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Charles, I wish you wouldn't publish pictures of my home without permission!  :-)

Nov 17, 2011 08:26 AM #31
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Michael, thanks---pre-60's houses have lots of things indeed :)  Glad you like the frog---I keep trying to find something to change it to but the frog holds his own

Janell, I guess I could just set my blog up on a kindle or something :)

Jay, my only complaint is that it doesn't have a stick attached to make drawings in the sand below.

Gabe, sorry about that---it may or may not happen again :)

Nov 17, 2011 10:57 AM #32
Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Home Inspections

What's that pipe next to it? 

Nov 21, 2011 09:53 PM #33
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Well there is the downspout and then there is the vent for the oil tank

Nov 22, 2011 01:27 PM #34
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