Disposals and the improper way to connect them.

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Home Inspector with Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections 10072923

Disposals and the improper way to connect them.

It's simply amazing what I find when inspecting homes.

At Desert Sun Home Inspections in Carlsbad New Mexico.

We find all kinds of issues with homes and the safety aspect of the issues we find.

Take into account a garbage disposal that was no doubt installed by "Uncle Bob or his nephew Rufuss".

Now that Uncle Bob is really getting up there in age, I really think that his nephew Rufuss is starting to take over the repairs his Uncle Bob has been doing for a life time.

Lets take a look at the garbage disposal and see what we found when inspecting this home. This disposal had a number of issues. Way too many for a simple plug in and go.

The very first thing I saw was the switch for the disposal. See where it's located? And no cover for the switch.

Disposal switch.

Then we get a good look at the Disposal and the way the unit was installed.

Here we have the same thing for the plug under the sink. No plug cover. And not on a GFCI circuit.

No plug cover plate.

Never mind the exposed wiring held in place by a protected staple. That's the minor deal under this sink.

Next thing is the way the plug in cord was ran to the disposal. The cord was actually too short. So the cord got spliced in mid flight to the disposal.

Spliced cord to disposal.

Why use such a short cord when installing a disposal?

Uncle bob has taught Rufuss, his nephew very well.

But wait there is one more picture that makes this install perfect. Perfectly absurd.

The way the wiring was connected to the unit under the disposal. Take a look at this.

Wiring wrong on disposal.

All I could think of was "Holy cow", and a couple of other choice words I can't put in a post. The wire connection has a total of Three issues. That makes this disposal with a total of Six issues alone.

 

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Clint  McKie

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Comments (30)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Clint, for sharing your experience and your photographs. We always recommend a professional home inspection.

Nov 16, 2013 11:18 PM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Clint, it looks like all the Uncle Bob's around the world went to different schools together.

Nov 16, 2013 11:18 PM
John Handschuh ABR SRES
RE/MAX Action Realty - Warrington, PA
Bucks County Real Estate

Hello Clint,

The real sad thing is today you can go on you tube to find out about anything and how to install it properly. I am always amazed when I see something like this during a home inspection. Makes me wonder what else has the home owner done that you can not see. I do inform my buyers to expect the unexpected.

 

 

Make it a great day !!

Nov 16, 2013 11:46 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Clint - I don't know why people think they save money by doing it themselves. It's fine if you know what you're doing but there are times when you have to confess, let the pro handle this. Although, I am discovering more and more incompetent service people that don't know what they are doing and it's a pain to have to call in for another service call. 

Nov 17, 2013 12:50 AM
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Clint-

This is actually quite funny if it was for all the safety issues. Thanks for the photos.

 

 

Best-Adrian

Nov 17, 2013 01:03 AM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good morning, Clint. It looks like Billy Bob and Rufus have been hard at work. Just a bunch of crazy stuff that is for sure.

Nov 17, 2013 04:12 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Anita,

I know funny in a certain way. But not at all for the residents in the home.

Have a good evening in Warner Robins.

Best, Clint McKie

Nov 17, 2013 08:36 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Kathy,

I really see a lot of crappy work out in the field. There should be none of this going on. But we get to see it every day.

Have a great evening and thanks for the comment.

Best, Clint McKie

Nov 17, 2013 08:41 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Ginny,

I totally agree with you. I would never recommend one in a home.

Have a good evening in North Kingstown.

Best, Clint McKie

Nov 17, 2013 08:43 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Wayne,

I kinda like the DOOFUS as well. I will just have to keep it in mind when I post the next post.

Have a nice ebvening in Fort Myers my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Nov 17, 2013 08:44 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Tom,

I think there are just too many of these guys running around and screwing up things.

Have a great evening in Placerville.

Best, Clint McKie

Nov 17, 2013 08:46 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Jay,

One way to a fast start to the inspection. I think it made you remember that one. Ouch.

Have a nice evening in Bristow.

Best, Clint McKie

 

Nov 17, 2013 08:47 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Roy,

Just passing on what things should not be. This is some crazy stuff.

Have a good night in Gaithersburg.

Best, Clint McKie

Nov 17, 2013 08:48 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Charles,

I think so to. They seen to be very inventive to say the least.

Have a good night in Seattle.

Best, Clint McKie

Nov 17, 2013 08:50 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi John,

The home is actually a rental unit. This makes matters even worse than they look.

renters or land lords seem to try and use the unskilled repairmen for these projects. not a good thing.

Have a great evening in Horsham.

Best, Clint McKie

Nov 17, 2013 08:52 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Patricia,

This is so true. Pay a little now, or paty a lot more later. The call is the owners call.

Have a good evening in Flower Mound Texas.

Best, Clint McKie

Nov 17, 2013 08:53 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Adrian,

Not the tenants issue till they get electrocuted.

Not a good thing.

Have a great evening in the Seattle area my Friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Nov 17, 2013 08:55 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Michael,

They have been really busy to say the least.

Have a very safe trip back from Califas.

Best, Clint McKie

Nov 17, 2013 08:56 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

My goodness I didn't realize Rufuss was that old.  He is Uncle Bobs grandson.  It appears Uncle Bob took him under his wing. 

Nov 17, 2013 06:27 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi James,

Uncle Bob has been screwing things up for decades, I think he is close to retirement.

Now the twin grandsons will be doing the crappy work we find, Rufuss and Doofus.

Have a good week ahead in Rogers my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Nov 17, 2013 08:08 PM