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Home Inspector Nightmares: Volume 23

Upside-down, sideways, too close, too high, or simply wrong. You’ll find it all in this edition of home inspector nightmares.

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Finally, a new use for the Yellow Pages

Finally, a new use for the Yellow Pages

Here’s a clever solution to avoid burning up your bed with an electric baseboard heater. And the blue tape is a nice touch, as well as a good permanent solution, right? Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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Service panel/shower combo

Service panel/shower combo

This is so handy. If a breaker trips while you’re in the shower, you can just reach around the wall and feel around until you find the breaker that’s tripped.

Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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Fun-House Door

Fun-House Door

What you can’t see in the photo is the pair of gravity boots attached to the ceiling. And all you have to do to use the door is hang upside down and work the handle. Or, learn how to hang a door right-side-up.

Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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Valve Stacking

Valve Stacking

Looks like they pulled the guts out of the first valve, and then connected another valve to it? I guess you’d have to control the initial valve from an interior shutoff?? Seems like replacing the old hose bib would’ve been the right choice.

Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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We’ve all been there…

We’ve all been there…

Instead of moving the electrical box, or buying a light fixture that allows the door to open, or getting rid of this handy storage space for nothing… Another example of a DIY’er who’s obviously single.

Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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Shoe dryer

Shoe dryer

Clever, but baseboard heaters should be ONLY installed horizontally, at or near floor level. And that’s a lovely installation as well. The blue flexible conduit really goes nicely with the fake stone.

Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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Popcorn wall

Popcorn wall

Delores was so taken by the beauty of popcorn ceilings, that she decided to put in on the walls as well. Unfortunately, the next owners will likely want to remove that awful texture.

Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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Filters declare their independence

Filters declare their independence

I don’t know about you, but if my furnace filters are sentient and start making demands, I’m moving out! But at least they’re very clear about what they require for maintenance.

Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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Sealed up tight

Sealed up tight

There’s no way rain is getting in here. Not even when it runs down to the cardboard. I think maybe this window might be a bit large for a window unit.

Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

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The Steel Curtain

The Steel Curtain

Not sure what the goal is here. Maybe just to protect the window from flying debris? If they’re planning an egress window, they might want to do a little research.

Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Want more home inspector nightmares? Check out volume 24!