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Home Inspector Nightmares: Vol. 9

Here’s another batch from our favorite field guys and gals. Home inspectors that see the darndest things.

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Toboggan ice-dam solutionStructure Tech

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!

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Jacked-Up HouseStructure Tech

Jacked-Up House

I'm not certain how much weight that jack stand is rated for, but I'm pretty sure a house is a bit over the limit. It's important to understand load-bearing posts. Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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The Rocky ThronePhoto: Courtesy of Structure Tech

The Rocky Throne

Does something look unsteady in this photo to you? We thought so too. Here's how to fix this issue.

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What's a TPR Valve?Structure Tech

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!

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All employees MUST wash their hands before returning to work!Structure Tech

All employees MUST wash their hands before returning to work!

Genius! With this setup, you can wash your hands and your feet at the same time! A small bathroom requires a certain amount of planning.

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Ceiling kitchen venting

Ceiling kitchen venting

Marion loved the smell of her cooking so much, it seemed a waste to vent all of the wonderful aromas outside. Generally, most people would prefer kitchen venting to exhaust outside the house.

Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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Brilliant extension ladder leg extender

Brilliant extension ladder leg extender

Another clever use for a five-gallon bucket, just prior to kicking the bucket. Please be careful with extension ladders, folks. Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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Ladder Extender Part 2

Ladder Extender Part 2

This is just a temporary solution until the 10"-thick slab is poured. Install an attic ladder as a handy way to use your rafter space in the garage.

Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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Leaking FaucetStructure Tech

Leaking Faucet

That's the definition of "hard water." On the plus side, the water spraying out should soon melt the icicle. Might be time for a new faucet and maybe to install a freeze detector in the house.

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Leaking fill valve repairPhoto: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Leaking fill valve repair

Once Warren caught the recycle/re-use bug, he just couldn't stop. Even going to the extent of breaking the fill valve on his toilet for a chance to re-use this plastic container. Might be even smarter to replace the fill valve with a new kit. Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Want more home inspector nightmares? Check out volume 10!