A little bit will do you. But is it right? Cutting corners not good.

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Home Inspector with Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections 10072923

A little bit will do you. But is it right? Cutting corners not good.

 There are ways to repair things the right way. If you don't know how to repair things in and around your home then all you have to do is ask.

At Desert Sun Home Inspections in Carlsbad, New Mexico we really try to give the very best in home inspection reports we can. There are times though that I get stumped in why someone did what they did.

I will not mention that dreaded name in this post but it seems he was here in this home.

 

When modifications are made to any part of the homes plumbing and electrical you want to make sure the repairs are made to code and the best way to repair the problem.

Don't take any short cuts when repairing these issues.

This home owner thought this would be a good idea to fix a couple issues with a rag and some duct tape.

A rag and duct tape....Again?

Lets take a look at what the home owner was thinking when they decided to "fix the issue".

When the plumbing in the basement had been changed, they no longer needed the "P" trap in the basement area. But they did know it needed to be plugged.

Feast your eyes on this repair.

Rag in "P" trap.


Here we have a sink that was installed a long time ago. But the tail piece assembly was the wrong one for this type of sink.

Duct tape on overflow vent.


Not a problem. Just add a piece of duct tape to the overflow and all will be good. I had to laugh when I saw this little repair.

Then we have an small access panel in the furnace's ducting. Why it's there I don't have a clue. Remember the furnace ducting gets very warm at and near the furnace area. Masking tape will fix the panel right?

Masking tape on access panel to duct work.

Have a great day everyone.


 

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Clint  McKie

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Comments (66)

Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Joan,

Cutting corners by home owners is a very serious problem. They don't realize that the home will eventually be inspected.

Thanks for the comment and try to stay warm.

Best, Clnt McKie

Feb 08, 2013 10:31 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Jimmy,

We do love each other my friend. it's the homes that loose out.

Have a great day in Florida my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 08, 2013 10:32 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Steven,

It could be because the cast was leaded in place and they did'nt know how to add a cap to it. But that's just a guess.

Have a great day my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 08, 2013 10:33 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Anita,

I keep biting my tongue when I see stuff like this. How many posts can I say "what were they thinking"?

It would get very bring to see that comment all the time. I have to get creative when posting.

Have a very good day in Warner Robins, Georgia.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 08, 2013 10:36 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Erica,

It is in some homes. Most have a roll or two sitting there like a strike team, waiting to jump in to the rescue. LOL

Have a great day and thanks for the comment.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 08, 2013 10:37 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi John,

It will as far as a short term solution to your issues in the home. But only as a temporary fix. Then do it right.

Have a very good day.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 08, 2013 10:39 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Praful,

Yes the repairs will haunt the sellers. They thought it was a good idea way back when.

Have a great day in Andover.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 08, 2013 10:40 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Rob,

I don't think that "FLEX SEAL" was even out when these repairs were completed. LOL

But that is a good idea.

Have a great day in Reno my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 08, 2013 10:42 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi James,

Yes, Uncle Bob is still here around town. I just happen to show up after he was here and there. LOL

Have a very good day in Rogers my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 08, 2013 10:44 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Conrad,

Yes it is. I just want to pull my hair out, but I don't want to look like James Dray. LOL

Have a great and warm day in Webster my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 08, 2013 10:45 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Thank you Al,

I find things the buyers and even the owners did'nt know was there.

I guess I'm doing my job.

Have a very good weekend in Ormond by the Sea.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 08, 2013 10:47 PM
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Being a 'Bob' myself, I could take offense at this 'guy'. Just change the spelling to 'Boob' and everyone will get the point.

Feb 09, 2013 05:17 AM
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

You can fix anything with duct tape. Really! :)

Feb 09, 2013 06:51 AM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Clint ....You are a FEATURE MASTER! Way to go ...you have a way of presenting things to us that we all understand!

Congrats and I hope you have a great night in CARLSBAD!

Feb 09, 2013 06:53 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Clint, HEY, duct tape is a girl's best friend - along with WD40!     Thanks for the chuckle.

Feb 09, 2013 07:53 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Richard.

I don't have a picture with bubble gum making the fix, But I did consult with the family next door and they said "Bazooka Joe" is the pest brand for fixing things.

Thanks for stopping by my friend in Mission Viejo.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 09, 2013 08:53 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Robert,

That's not a bad idea. But the rest of the inspecting world would not understand the change. LOL

Have a good night in Montreal my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 09, 2013 08:57 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi James,

I guess if the sink was dry enough when applying the tape it would stick . But I would'nt try it.

Have a warmer evening in the snow country. :-)

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 09, 2013 09:00 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Rob,

No problem. There are a lot of things I need to explain to the buyers and the sellers. This is just another day at the office. :-)

Have a great evening in Bristol my good friend.

Tell Aimee I said Hi.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 09, 2013 09:02 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Joan,

That would'nt be for binding our hands and legs is it. You are starting to scare me! LOL

Have a good evening in Denver.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 09, 2013 09:06 AM