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Home Inspector Nightmares: Vol. 5

Here’s another batch of photos generously provided to us by the home inspectors at Structure Tech in St. Paul, MN. The theme for this volume seems to be “the crazy things people do”.

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Cris Carter's Basement

Cris Carter's Basement

Those NFL jerseys need washing after game day. A nice hot flue will take care of the drying. What's the worst thing that could happen? Maybe it's time to repair the dryer. Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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Crop circles in the atticStructure Tech

Crop circles in the attic

Here's one theory. Frost on the underside of the roof deck is melting and wetting the insulation. A hot can light below is drying out the area around it. Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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Hard hat area

Hard hat area

Maybe the in-ground pool sprung a leak? Or just maybe this was a first time retaining wall builder. Regardless, it's time to bone up on building a retaining wall. Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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More Duct Tape IngenuityPhoto: Courtesy of Structure Tech

More Duct Tape Ingenuity

Well, covering the vent with tape stopped the cold air. The only problem is that it also defeated the purpose of having make-up air in the first place, which is to keep the occupants from being asphyxiated. Add this to the list of furnace repairs needed.

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Now that's a maintenance-free finish!Courtesy of Structure Tech

Now that's a maintenance-free finish!

If you've got some spare time on your hands, give this a try. Otherwise installing a new door might be an easier fix.

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You're not fully clean unless you're Zestfully clean!Courtesy of Structure Tech

You're not fully clean unless you're Zestfully clean!

I don't think this shower would meet the new low-flow requirements. But it's sure makes a nice set of grab bars.

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Beer can inspection panel

Beer can inspection panel

Great way to save a trip to the appliance parts store. But the next water heater repair may require more than a beer can. Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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Ice cream anyone?Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Ice cream anyone?

The cheapest, easiest-to-install, urinal on the planet. And no water supply lines required. But next time maybe you should read up on how to plumb a basement bathroom. Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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Wine cork plugCourtesy of Structure Tech

Wine cork plug

At least until you get to the store for a new pop-up drain assembly. Or maybe it's time to install a new vanity sink.

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Which problem solver would you choose?Structure Tech

Which problem solver would you choose?

There are always options when it comes to buying a toilet - some better than others.

Want more home inspector nightmares? Check out volume 6!