Just Because You Can Purchase it in a Hardware Store...

Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc. TN Lic#050

     Just because you can purchase something in a hardware store does not mean that it complies with code.    
     Many well intending home owners, weekend end warriors, and rehabbers, run into challenges. The solution? The Handy Dandy home improvement store! Where else?
     Home improvement stores are chock full of "EZ to fix" items that more often than not, do not comply with codes acceptable trade practices ~ No how, No way.
     This flexible coupling, which we often see in the plumbing section, is a quick fix for someone who flunked pre-requisites to "Plumbing 101". The lining of of sewage disposal pipes needs to be smooth to keep foreign objects from collecting and causing clogs.
     Other plumbing issues with the plumbing job in this $750K rehab, were missing traps, and the exquisite chop job on the shelving. Needless to say, the rehabber was not a happy camper when the carrier pigeon delivered my report.

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Comments (26)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

You never know what you will find with a home inspection. More good reasons to use a professional home inspector.

Mar 18, 2010 12:09 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Just because someone can....some things ought to be restricted!

Mar 18, 2010 12:13 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Mike, I forwarded this to my hubby b/c I actually think we might have this in one of our bathrooms!!!!!!!

Mar 18, 2010 12:20 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


I have used seen these before! However, this is NOT acceptable if one ever expects to sell their property with any hint of credibility!

Mar 18, 2010 12:23 AM
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

Michael - THis is priceless. I can only imagine the smell coming from this sink without a trap. Reblogged.

Mar 18, 2010 12:49 AM
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

And, yet again, through your words and accompanying pictures, you've made the case as to why I'm so adamant about my buyers having a professional home inspection performed.

Mar 18, 2010 12:54 AM
Caren Wallace
Premier Property Group LLC - Tualatin, OR
Portland Caren Real Estate

Michael, this is a public service announcement that all weekend warriors should bookmark!!!

Mar 18, 2010 01:14 AM
Michael J. O'Connor
Diamond Ridge Realty - Corona, CA
Eastvale - 951-847-4883

Excellent post - what I've always wondered is why do the hardware stores allow these products to be sold?  I just can't think of any situations where this kind of product should be used.  I'm not a big fan of heavy regulation but it just seems wrong to even sell it.

Mar 18, 2010 03:09 AM
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Michael...Even the Mr. Fix it TV shows say to get a qualified tradesman to do the work, these type of repairs in your photo are just band aids until you can do them right..the bad news is these micky mouse repairs won't pass a Building Inspections with you decide to sell your home.

Mar 18, 2010 03:39 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Definitely leave home repairs to experts...my husband is not a handyman :)

Mar 18, 2010 04:05 AM
Suzanne Strickler
Realty Mark Associates - Havertown, PA
School is never out for the Successful.

Michael - As Benjamin Franklin said, "They were penny wise and pound foolish."

Mar 18, 2010 04:11 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


There's a little code violation.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 18, 2010 05:55 AM
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector


It reminds me of using a vacuum cleaner hose for a drain.

Mar 18, 2010 04:19 PM
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

I inspected a house a while back where it turned out all the plumbing was done by the homeowner. Much was wrong and clearly had not been inspected by the local muni inspector.

Mar 20, 2010 12:27 AM
Roland Woodworth
eXp Realty - Clarksville, TN
eXp Realty

Oh my Michael - This looks pretty scary. Would not want this in my house.

Mar 20, 2010 04:44 PM
Gary Swanson
Century 21 Harris & Taylor - Grants Pass, OR

Michael, I'm so glad I'm not one of those guys that mistakenly think I can fix everything myself.  Plumbing, electrical, etc. I'll leave to the experts.

Mar 20, 2010 05:15 PM
Connie Hall
All Brokers Real Estate - Portland, OR

$750,000 rehab and they cut corners on things like this? It is difference of $10? Wow, I guess I will never understand some people's logic.

Mar 21, 2010 01:36 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Weekend warrior = I'm a putz.

Mar 21, 2010 02:38 AM
John Howard
Century 21 LeMac Realty - Mountain Home, AR
GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614

Michael,  Thanks for the reminder....I believe we are headed towards a demand for Lic. repairs only in the future...but some homeowners continue to try to cut corners.

Mar 21, 2010 04:24 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

I am new to Real Estate, but I am very familiar with this type of situation. I was the general manager of a family owned Mack Truck dealership for the last 20 years we owned it. We made a lot of  money from repairs we did to the trucks of customers who tried to fix the truck themselves before they brought them to us. More often than not it cost more to repair the truck than if they had brought it to us in the first place.

Mar 21, 2010 06:53 AM