150 Shocking Home Photos You Have to See
We know a good DIY project when we see it, but these aren’t them. Some of these are goofy, some are head scratchers and some are downright dangerous. Check these photos out, you’ll definitely learn a thing or two!
Socket wrench hinge pin
Homeless mouse shelter
Electricity and water don’t get along. At least they installed a GFCI outlet.
Walking in the winter wonderland
If only the squirrels living in the soffits would quit using this vent to drain their bath water … I guess they just don’t understand ice dams.
Grow your own hardware cloth
Keeping rodents out of your chimney is important. But there are actually store-bought solutions for adding chimney caps that work better.
Mystery leak sealant
Tin pan alley
Cooling fins-or radiator fins-you be the judge. Or maybe it’s an attempt to stop the mice from using the ductwork as an elevated expressway?
Skillfully Unnecessary Scribe
What’s a TPR Valve?
Not willing to be outwitted by a water heater, Jim decided that the TPR (temperature, pressure relief) valve should only drip when he wanted it to drip. A TPR valve is an important safety feature, and the photo shown above is NOT an appropriate solution!
Flashing in a Can
Water runs uphill right?
If so the shingles are upside down. Gutters and downspouts are generally at the bottom of eaves.
Toasted curtains. Where’s the jelly?
Now that’s a close call! Flammable materials close to electric baseboard heaters is a good recipe for a fire!
50% off on railings. Let’s go!
Dad must’ve thought that the kids would need a stair rail that grew along with them, so they added one more railing for each growth spurt. Believe it or not this is almost legal. At least it passes the 4-in. ball test. The problem is that there’s no returns at the ends.
Find the Fuel Oil Tanks in this Picture
If you’re painting metal, do the prep work the right way. That way your artwork will stand the test of time.
Plywood window well
Duct Tape Wall
Wooden electrical box
See, the problem is, electricity can spark and wood can burn! This would probably be fine if they put a legitimate electrical box inside the wooden box.
Does this ductwork make my butt look big?
If your shorts fit over ductwork, then yes. Yes it does. They do sell duct hangers that are better suited to this purpose.
Little Johnny got a magnifying glass for his birthday and set out to harness the power of the sun and melt the neighbor’s house. Obviously, this house is in need of some siding replacement!
Who needs a “Pee”-trap?
“See, this way the city can’t monitor the water going down my drain and I don’t get charged for it. And if I’m not feeling like using the toilet, I can just let loose anywhere in the basement!” Yes, it’s true. In order to work properly, a drain actually has to be connected to something.
Don’t fall for this trap
Hot line to Dominos
After training rats, B.F. Skinner decided to test his training on the kids. Or maybe it’s connected to a switched outlet where the pizza oven is plugged in.
Flying Wallenda’s Family Home
Desk fan attic venting
I know every time I want to start a fire in the fireplace, I check the chimney cap to see if it’s OK. Maybe the flue should get inspected.
Roughing in for a centrally located sink
Can’t even come up with a theory on what’s going on here. Perhaps some instructions on how to connect a sink drain would be helpful.
It’s all Greek to me
Patchwork quilt for houses
Maybe the shingles spell out a cry for help to passing airplanes? I think this fella is just collecting all the leftover shingles from his roofing contractor buddies. Perhaps it’s time for a roof tearoff.
Wine cork plug
Who needs a steel post-of the right length-that’s anchored, or something?
Is this a game of whole-house Jenga? These load-bearing posts are supposed to support the whole house, the little blocks don’t have the compression strength to do the job.
Extension Cord-Powered Circuit
Scarf joint madness
It’s a secret hiding place for something, but who knows what? Learn more here about clever places to hide things.
Toboggan ice-dam solution
Granted, this is quite a clever setup. But it seems like it might be less work to fix the ice-dam problem!
Santa lost his boot
Getting set up for a green roof?
Heat duct or exhaust vent…
Wayne Gretzky’s Boyhood Home
Kitchen exhaust vent routing fun
Now THAT’S a hot lead!
One more reason why voltage sniffers were invented
Not that anyone ever would…
Breaker Panel Convenience
Burglar Proof — Absolutely!
Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech
You Can Still Use the Garbage Can
The More the Merrier!
Where there’s a will…
THE scene from Alien
P-trap, not mouse trap
Blue light special
Legends of the Fall
Duct Tape Compression Fittings
Liberace’s guest bath
3 way switches
Wonder what the bedroom ceiling looks like?
Dueling appliance doors
At least they’re stainless!
More Duct Tape Ingenuity
Mouse trap gauntlet
Determined to have Martha’s mouse-pelt coat ready for Christmas, Karl set about the task with never-before-seen enthusiasm. There are many ways to get rid of mice in your home.
Watch Your Head!
Belt and suspender roofing
Not a Real Doorstop
Walter White’s stovetop
Cris Carter’s Basement
Lamp in the freezer?
Is this foam the fireproof kind?
Hubcap Flue Cap
Another use for landscape blocks
Pillars of the earth
Architectural detailing for the ages
Draft hood follies
Maybe one last piece of ductwork wasn’t all this installer was short on. The draft hood above the water heater allows a draft so the warm air can go up and out. The ad hoc draft hood at the top not only doesn’t do anything, it can allow carbon monoxide back into the house.
Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech