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10 Shocking Home Inspector Finds You Need to See

It takes a lot to shock a home inspector, but these DIY home "improvement" projects did just that. And we're so glad they snapped these downright scary photos!

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Cyclops outlet

Cyclops outlet

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Something caused this device to melt. Probably overloading the outlet. But why in the world didn't the breaker trip? Plus: Check out these other cringe-worthy home improvement fails.

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Wooden electrical box

Wooden electrical box

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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.

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Overhead tub spout

Overhead tub spout

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Yup. The whirlpool tub fills from the upstairs toilet! Genius!

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Find the piano in this picture

Find the piano in this picture

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Just maybe this piano/shelf is still playable. Look closely and you'll see the pedals. Our theory is that the pegboard above the keyboard is actually a way for the sound to travel from the utility room to the ballroom. (See next slide to see the rest)

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400-lb coat rack

400-lb coat rack

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...and the back side doubles as a coat rack! The piano is much quieter in the winter!

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Mystery leak sealant

Mystery leak sealant

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Maybe it's silly putty, maybe plumbers putty, maybe epoxy putty, maybe they should have just fixed the leaks to avoid scary stuff like this.

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Brokeback roof

Brokeback roof

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Some people should skip the hand-framing and stick with roof trusses. That way you don't need to be a skilled carpenter.

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Now THAT’S a hot lead!

Now THAT’S a hot lead!

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Holy major electrical mistake Batman. This guy actually drew electricity from one of the main cables entering the house before the main panel and breakers. Wonder if he lived to call the electrical inspector for final inspection. These are the most common National Electric Code violations for DIYers.

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Walter White’s stovetop

Walter White’s stovetop

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I know it says self-cleaning, but how long are you willing to wait? At least you probably don’t need to buy spices for a while. You can just smear off some grime and throw it in the pot.

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Scarf joint madness

Scarf joint madness

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So he was smart enough to make a scarf joint, cool. Problem is scarf joints need some kind of load bearing post below them.

Want more? You definitely need to check out these epic electrical fails!