How many errors can you find in this photo???

Home Inspector with Clayton Inspection Service, Inc.

There is a lot going on here. You have to marvel at the skill required to do some of this stuff, and wonder how they have managed to live as long as they have. Sometimes we just have to shake our heads and walk away. 

This is where I will sometimes hear someone say,"Well, I never had any problems with it." 

This is an example of someone watching This Old House to learn about home repairs, but passes out in the first 10 minutes after drinking a 6 pack. This might even be an example of Joe the Plumber's work, and the reason he doesn't own the company, and why he isn't licensed



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Michael Merino
Merino's Home Inspection & Education Inc. - Oak Forest, IL
Orland Park Ill Home Inspector

Double S-trap, Right hand side drain pipe looks disconnected, hard to tell, but I say disconnected because of the "black void", or it could be mold. Looks like evidence of water leakage on bottom of cabinet under that drain pipe. Those are not the proper water lines. Drain goes into a larger drain pipe that will allow sewer gas into the living area. I think I see exposed wiring (not properly terminated)? Is that a red wire nut? Possible rodent droppings? Hard to tell on that but I see small black dots.

The political statement about "Joe the plumber" is not fair. LOL

Nov 03, 2008 01:16 PM #1
Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
LemonTree Realty - Orlando, FL
First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes

Wow I see at least 6 withing in the first 10 seconds of looking at this picture. This is a great blog keep them coming I think people enjoy seeing this and it adds to your credibity.

Nov 03, 2008 01:38 PM #2
Anthon Pang
iPro Realty Ltd., Brokerage - Mississauga, ON

If those are PEX water supply lines, then it might be permitted under the local building code.  (I would have used the color-coded ones instead of white.)

I think the electrical code requires the wire to terminate in a box, either to a fixture or receptacle, or covered.


Nov 03, 2008 02:48 PM #3
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

...passes out in the first 10 minutes after drinking a 6 pack.  That's funny!  The comment about Joe the Plumber is a cheap shot, though, IMHO.

Mike in Tucson

Nov 03, 2008 09:27 PM #4
Joshua Frederick
Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC - Defiance, OH
Home Inspector in Defiance & all of Northwest Ohio

Wow.  What did the rest of the place look like? I hesitate to think....

Nov 03, 2008 10:57 PM #5
Bob White
Woodland Home Inspections - Cartersville, GA

The disconnected side is the vent. . . .:)

Nov 03, 2008 11:28 PM #6
Jack Feldmann
Clayton Inspection Service, Inc. - Knoxville, TN

Yep, the rest of the house was about the same caliber.

Sorry Mike for the shot at Joe the Plumber. I really meant it as a generic shot at shoddy workmanship, and not a personal shot at the guy in the news. 

Nov 04, 2008 05:01 AM #7
April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Too funny!  I love the line "It's been fine for me"  - when an inspector finds really bad wiring - and "handyman" stuff!  

Nov 04, 2008 05:36 AM #8
Frank Torre
Torre Inspection Service, LLC 888-202-8869 - Hicksville, NY

Wow did they try to ground the electric to a PVC pipe?

Nov 15, 2008 02:01 PM #9
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