Let's Play, Can You See What I See?

Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

My two girls enjoyed reading the I Spy and Can You See What I See series of books by Walter Wick when they were younger. I admit I kind of enjoyed them too. The cool thing about Walter Wick, at least for us, is that he is a Connecticut native.

In the books there are cleverly staged photos. Next to the pictures are text clues. The text begins with the question Can you see what I see?

 So let's play.

Can you see the chimney flue opening?

Where's the flue?


Haven't found it?






There it is!

Sometimes you have to admire, not encourage, just be in awe of, the problem solving skills of the homeowner. 


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James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
Former SNEC-ASHI President
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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James - I used to play that game with my kids.  I didn't know that there had been an author on the subject.  It's great to promote locals.

Jan 18, 2014 09:44 PM #1
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi James,

Ingenuity at it's best. Love it. That will keep the air in the home.

Have a great day in Connecticut.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 18, 2014 10:23 PM #2
Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

There was a movie I saw once, can't remember the name of it but, there was a line in it that said "A warrior uses what is at hand" Seems this guy has the same philosophy! 

Jan 18, 2014 10:47 PM #3
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Well if the air gets out of the ball, does that mean it will get out of the house too?

Jan 19, 2014 03:33 AM #4
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Ha!  I thought right away that it was the basketball.  But then when I saw your question, I thought that was the trick.  So I began looking elsewhere!

Couldn't find it...

Jan 19, 2014 07:11 AM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- well at least it wasn't duct tape!!! LOL

Jan 19, 2014 08:32 AM #6
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Hi James,

Thank you for posting this. I must have good instincts, because I knew the basketball was in the flue. 

Jan 19, 2014 12:21 PM #7
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Jim, now if the homeowner had been REALLY resourceful, they would have deflated the ball and then blown it back up inside the opening :)

Jan 19, 2014 11:06 PM #8
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Draft is bad so let's plug it... with a thimble, heck no, let some air out of the ball and plug it. Three points for the across the room toss that sticks.

Jan 20, 2014 02:48 AM #9
Pillar To Post of SW Washington
Pillar To Post of SW Washington - Vancouver, WA
Over 28,000 inspections performed since 1998!

Clever ;)

Jan 20, 2014 06:08 AM #10
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Grant, Yes, Walter Wick has many books that have been published.

Clint, You gotta love it 

Fred, Seems he saw the same movie 

Robert, Yes, I think it would.

Jay, The obvious is the answer.

Kathy, Not this time 

Wayne & Jean, Good eye.

Charlie, That is why they are not you. You think outside the flue 

Andrew, I agree, a three pointer.

Pillar to Post,  Them or me 

Jan 20, 2014 09:37 PM #11
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Good for you for spotting that so quickly.  I didn't know that it was your girls' training that made you a good inspector?    Really?   

Great fun post, Jim

Jan 26, 2014 12:14 AM #12
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Yep, I learned everything I know from my two girls 

It was a fun inspection with great clients. Oh and the agent was pretty nice too. 

Jan 26, 2014 01:26 AM #13
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