Four Bedrooms, Two Baths and a Cup Holder

Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

Coffee, Joe, Java, mud, what ever you like to call it, coffee is as necessary to life as air. Well, that may be a slight exaggeration...slight. We love our coffee so much, there are literally hundreds of varieties. People either buy their own and make it at home and or buy it from the local coffee shop. There are coffee shops every where you look. In my small town alone there are three Dunkin' Donuts. Three!

Coffee to go is probably what most Americans rely on each morning to get the boost they need to begin another day's work. You see people bustling about each morning carting around some type of coffee container. The most recognizable has to be the foam cup.

Coffee cup in plumbing ventThe bad thing about foam cups is they often get tossed or absently left some where. After all once the coffee's gone, the cup has outlived its purpose.

What does one do with a foam coffee cup while say working on a roof.

Is that a cup holder?



James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
2010 - 2011 SNEC-ASHI President
NRSB #8SS0022
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
Former SNEC-ASHI President
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

 ASHI Certified Inspector

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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Yes Jim, of course that is a cup holder, what is wrong with you?

Jul 07, 2011 12:21 AM #1
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Jim - Uh oh! Probably seemed like a good idea at the time... Now THAT is a very funny title that only becomes apparent once your post has been completely read and absorbed. Good one!

Jul 07, 2011 12:25 AM #2
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Looks like it to me Jimbo!  Hey, your title today sounds like my title today!  And, hey, your guy today might be the same as my guy today!  We are connected buddy boy.  Connected I tell you!

Jul 07, 2011 12:30 AM #3
Peter Schattenfield
Turning Point Estate Services LLC - Wilton, CT
Estate Dissolution and Preparation (203)388-8092 CT.

James, I guess it keeps the rain and snow out, or Google Earth from looking to far in?

Jul 07, 2011 01:26 AM #4
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Jim, and color coordinated and everything----dang hard to find a black cup

Jul 07, 2011 03:42 AM #5
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

JQ, WT#? Was it there on purpose, or as you imply someone not wanting to litter? If on purpose, what purpose was it serving?

Jul 07, 2011 04:51 AM #6
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

You have to give these folks credit for at least matching the pipe color!


Jul 07, 2011 05:40 AM #7
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC


I was wondering where I left that cup of Java.

This goes with the cups tossed into the the attic when they are cutting the holes for the vents. I have seen that several times.

Jul 07, 2011 06:00 AM #8
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

LOL.  BTW, I misunderstood the title...I was thinking of adding a cup holder spot in the bathtub to make drinking in the tub more convenient.

Jul 07, 2011 02:07 PM #9
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

James, that is not a smart place to put an empty cup.  And by the way we have two Dunkin' Donuts on one street within a 1/2 mile of each other :)

Jul 07, 2011 02:54 PM #10
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Yeah that makes a great cup holder and it can be multipurpose too. I saw one holding an antenna dish. That bathroom's sure to have great reception.

Jul 08, 2011 05:20 AM #11
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector


I once had to tape a Trader Joe's bag over a B-vent missing the top cap.

Jul 08, 2011 04:40 PM #12
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Andrea, I know, silly me, I just didn't know :)

Judy, Thanks, a funny title for a silly situation.

Jay, We are, like on the same wave length dude. Cool.

Peter, and the stink from coming out therefore reducing air pollution. Of course! It's a smog reduction device!

Charlie, that so you don't notice it's there :)

Peg, Oh yes. It's hard to see in the pic, the cup is bulged out from being forced into the pipe. What purpose, I haven't a clue.

Craig, Okay, I'll go with that :)

Don, Or the empty beer cans, liquor bottles and food containers.

Debbie, Lol, gotcha!

George, About the same here. I'm waiting for number four to pop up some where in town.

Robert, You didn't know that the waste vent also double as a mast holder? :)

Steve, Is that a problem? Paper and heat are a good combination :)

Jul 09, 2011 12:21 AM #13
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