Finished

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Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

fin·ished [fínnisht]

adj 1.  Done well: produced and completed with skill and professionalism 

When we take on a task, we aim to complete the job in a satisfactory manner. Homeowners take pride in their properties and I surely believe desire any work done, either by them or by contractors, to reflect their pride of ownership. This should be especially true in those out of the way or not so visible areas. Just because you can't see something is no excuse to cut corners and perform sloppy work.

Tangle of wire under sink cabinetThe other morning I was inspecting an older ranch home. Upon pulling up to the curb it was apparent, at least on the exterior it was well maintained. Newer roof, paint looked newer too, the shrubs just a little too mature, but well kept.

Entering the home I found it was vacant. Right off I noticed the kitchen had been given a face lift. I could also see and smell the hardwood floors had been refinished. Both bathrooms were also redone. All in all the work inside and out was good, without any issues.

That is until I opened the kitchen sink cabinet to inspect the plumbing. I was shocked, appalled by the work that had been done out of view. In spite of what the bottle of cleaner says, this work was not so fantastic.

It was not finished.

The first and most noticeable thing was the new wiring. Hard to miss that tangle of yellow spaghetti. Would anyone honestly believe that is finished or safe?

Garbage disposer without romex connectorLooking under the new garbage disposer to the right, I found the contractor failed to install the wire connector. With all the loose tangled wires and an unprotected wire entering the unit, I believe it wouldn't be too long before the sheathing is rubbed through from bumping. After all no one goes under the sink cabinet too often, right?

But that is not the end. The cover over the junction box is open. It was made for two switches. It is low in the cabinet and could get wet. Or an object could find its way in through one of the openings. A cover without holes would be more sensible and safe.Holes in the junction box cover, not such a good idea

And that is still not all. You may notice the clear tube next to and behind the electrical box. That is the dishwasher drain. It should be installed high up on the cabinet with a "high loop". The loop acts as a trap to prevent any gunk from the sink drain back flowing into the dishwasher.

There is some way to go before the work under this sink is finished.

 

 

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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Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
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Cutting corners can be deadly! Another example of why an inspection should always be done. I guess there was no permitting on this update!

Jul 19, 2011 12:34 AM #1
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Good call Jim. Just because everything is connected and working doesn't mean that its right, properly done or finished.

Jul 19, 2011 02:10 AM #2
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Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Unfortunately this happens. This is one additonal reason it is important to have the home inspected. I would imagine you were surprised when you opened the door under the sink since everything else seemed to be upgraded. Makes you wonder what happened to pride in workmanship.

Jul 19, 2011 02:25 AM #3
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I think you have totally discounted the two different symmetry of loops.  Symmetry is hard to achieve!  That, all by itself, shows pride of ownership.

Finished!

Jul 20, 2011 01:11 AM #4
Rainmaker
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Gary, That would be my suspicion.

Robert, As we both know all too well.

Carl, Pride in workmanship seems to be dying.

Jay, I hadn't noticed the beautiful symmetry. I was too busy looking at the mess of wires and pipes.

Jul 20, 2011 03:01 AM #5
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Peter Schattenfield
Turning Point Estate Services LLC - Wilton, CT
Estate Dissolution and Preparation (203)388-8092 CT.

James, The DIY phenomenon has made all our lives a bit more interesting.

Jul 20, 2011 03:02 AM #6
Rainmaker
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Peter, Interesting is a good way to put it. :)

Jul 20, 2011 03:34 AM #7
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Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
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It's hard to believe someone actually thought that was ok.

Jul 25, 2011 02:32 PM #8
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Reuben, Yes it is.

Jul 31, 2011 03:17 AM #9
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