Being a home inspector I find a lot of goofy stuff. Usually this silliness is done by a home owner or a "handy" family member like ol' Uncle Bob. Home owners are the brunt of many jokes to do with home repairs and renovations, BUUUUT to be fair professionals are just as often the culprits.
What's disturbing about shoddy or unsafe work done by someone who is a professional is they are supposed to know how to do it right. A home owner has at minimum the excuse it's not their regular every day job.
Take for example this drain pipe run through a heating duct or was it the heating duct put in around the pipe. No matter it's a clear case of shoddiness. What makes this nice little short cut a big problem is;
1. There is asbestos wrapped around the duct and pipe and
2. The drain is galvanized pipe in a house that is over 60 years old.
Something has to give or more precisely give out here at some time. Galvanized pipes have a life expectancy of around 50 years. If the pipe begins to leak it may be doing so inside the heating system duct work. The asbestos just further compounds the problem.
All though home owners are responsible for their share of wacky fixes and projects, the pros can be even more creative in their construction techniques. After all they have a nice collection of fancy tools to get them into trouble.
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