The Mother of All Inventors?

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Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

There is no question in my mind, the average homeowner is at a minimum, resourceful and inventive. Humans have had to be so inclined in order to survive for millennia. After all Home Depot or the mom and pop hardware store wasn't around back in the age when the pharaohs reigned. It can, I believe, then be concluded that the skill sets some homeowners possess are inherited through a type of Darwinian natural selection.

Another feat we humans may be accomplishing from our technologies through the ages is to pollute the same genetic natural selection process. You might say there is algae in some of the gene pool. This could explain some of the things I find...

Plastic bucket used to plug a hole in a chimney

Or perhaps not.

 

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James Quarello
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Rainmaker
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Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
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Nice!  As for your theory with the gene pool... have you seen the movie 'Idiocracy' ?

Feb 24, 2013 03:27 AM #8
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Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

Not sure what they were trying to accomplish with this.

Feb 24, 2013 03:51 AM #9
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Jim, like I said, the big error is that the handle is not down---in the proper position for a roll of TP.

Feb 24, 2013 04:50 AM #10
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Joni Bailey
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I do believe there might have been some alcohol involved in this. Just sayin'...........

Feb 24, 2013 06:10 AM #11
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William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Hmmm. Wow. In this case, ignorance is not bliss and will eventually cost somebody a bit of money down the road...

Feb 24, 2013 08:40 AM #12
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Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

What on earth???  Now that is a new one for sure. 

Feb 24, 2013 10:00 AM #13
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
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Jim, Jack and Jill went up the hill, but they left their pail in the chimney ; )

Feb 24, 2013 10:22 AM #14
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I'm a little surprised you don't recognize it, but then you are young.  That is an older version of what we now call a smart phone.  The string attached to the can in the basement of this house went up that chimney, across to the other houses nearby and down their chimneys to a can attached to the other end of each.  When we wanted to speak to people we just spoke into the right can.

I remember it clearly.

Feb 24, 2013 07:31 PM #15
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Then again, their sand box bucket plug seems to be a bit stiff and perhaps too large, causing an expansion crack in the block.

I'd recommend removal of the bucket in favor of string.

Feb 24, 2013 07:32 PM #16
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Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

Well, I wonder how long it will be before this jury-rigged system kicks the bucket?? Not soon enough, I'll wager...

Feb 24, 2013 08:48 PM #17
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Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
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What the heck is that?  It's amazing some of the things we see...  too funny.                                                          

Feb 24, 2013 09:01 PM #18
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Some of Aristotle's and newtons early stuff came across as bizarre as well...If we found this on another planet, we would call it intelligent life

Feb 24, 2013 10:39 PM #19
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Ed Silva
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Jim, there was a time when they had to clean out the bottom of chimneys, and where better to place a bucket than in a convenient spot near the chimney?  It seemed like a good idea at the time

Feb 25, 2013 12:43 AM #20
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Joshua Frederick
Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC - Defiance, OH
Home Inspector in Defiance & all of Northwest Ohio

Well it wasn't Maxwell this time.  Mr. Clean perhaps?

Feb 25, 2013 03:53 AM #21
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Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Jim -- that is an interesting approach to the issue.  And it fits (mostly)!

Feb 25, 2013 06:51 AM #22
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
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You've just demonstrated that there is indeed a a shallow end to the green pool, and it's heavily populated.
Feb 25, 2013 11:16 AM #23
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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John,  Yep.

Tom, It seems so obvious and yet it hadn't occurred to me :) 

Reuben, No, I'll have look it up.

Edward, That makes two of us :)

Charlie, It would see that is one of the errors ;)

Joni, I'm inclined to believe that. Did I mention the Bud cans stashed behind the wall? I'm not kidding. 

William, Yes it will.

Paula, Isn't this job great? A new adventure almost every day :)

Don, That could explain some things :)

Jay, Funny you should mention that, my two girls want to make one of those phones. I think they saw it in a history book.

As for the hole, I would recommend expandable, adhesive foam. I hear it's the last in building technology. 

Feb 26, 2013 08:22 PM #24
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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Wayne, You the master punster :)

Christiansen's, It sure is. Part of the fun :)

Richie, You make a strong case for unrecognized genius ;) 

Ed, Now that's thinking outside the box or flue in this case.

Joshua, I'd go with Mr. C. He's a big guy who could easily stuff that bucket in there.

Steven, I know. A little goop and it would be perfect ;) 

Robert, I also subscribe to that theory :) 

Feb 26, 2013 08:28 PM #25
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Now that is taking an old something and substituting the brand new technology as the proper fix!  Foam!  Isn't it a wondrous thing!

Feb 26, 2013 09:06 PM #26
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Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
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The premise of Idiocracy is that the world just keeps getting dumber and dumber.  It's somewhat of a silly movie, but it's so darn true.

Feb 26, 2013 10:39 PM #27
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