Some More Unusual Plumbing And Electrical Installations, Long Island NY

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Home Inspector with Torre Inspection Service, LLC 888-202-8869

I ran across some more unusual plumbing and electrical installation during some of my inspections. These are some of the more creative installation that were done by un licensed contractors. People want to save money or simple do not have the money to spend in these time I understand that but have work done by un licensed contractors cost more in the end and is dangerous to the people living in the house or building. Here are some pictures of the creative installations. During the Long Island home inspection process these are the types of things we see.

This is why you should have at least 6 inches of space between the stove and the wall to prevent a fire.

The plumbing pipe is pitching to the trap instead of draining the water out of the house.

This creative electrical installation was done on a newly renovated kitchen. It was powering the dishwasher, stove, refrigerator.

Creative Electrical Installation

Who needs a light we have a surge protector.

Comments (8)

Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

My brother is a home inspector and i love the pictures and storys he sends me.  Now I get to send him one!  Thanks!

Dec 16, 2009 11:21 AM
Frank Torre
Torre Inspection Service, LLC 888-202-8869 - Hicksville, NY

As inspectors we all accumulate alot of pictures and stories over time. Thank you for reading and commenting.

Dec 16, 2009 10:06 PM
Jason Aldrich
Aldrich's Home Inspections, Inc. - Sequim, WA
Sequim, WA Home Inspector

Great pictures! I sometimes find it amazing how much work folks put into doing something wrong when doing it the right way might actually take less time, effort and money. Not to mention that it more often than not would be safer!

Dec 18, 2009 05:52 AM
Steve Hall
RE/MAX United - San Marcos, CA
Make the Call to Hankins and Hall

Wonderful photos. Bottom line....always hire a qualified home inspector when buying a home.

Dec 18, 2009 06:49 AM
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate

Gotta love the do it your selfers.  Thanks for sharing.

Dec 19, 2009 01:20 PM
Frank Torre
Torre Inspection Service, LLC 888-202-8869 - Hicksville, NY

Thank you all for leaving your comments, and happy holidays to all of you.

Dec 20, 2009 09:35 PM
Bruce Breedlove
Avalon Inspection Services - Colorado Springs, CO

That's some good stuff, Frank.

In photos 3 & 4 I assume the drain piping serves a sink. 1) I don't see a trap and 2) that plastic flex piping is not allowed. The inside of the pipe must be smooth so running water will scour out any debris. And 3) it appears that flex pipe has a couple of unsecured fittings that could work their way loose.

Mar 07, 2010 05:13 PM
Frank Torre
Torre Inspection Service, LLC 888-202-8869 - Hicksville, NY

Hi: Bruce

The photo in 3 & 4 are serving a sink, their is a trap it is at the bottom hard to see. The flex pipe is use by home owners and not by plumbers because they do collect a lot of debris. Thanks for the response.

Mar 07, 2010 08:10 PM

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